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Point, Cirelli could be out for Tampa Bay; Zibanejad won't play for New York

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

LIGHTNING (5-3-2) at RANGERS (3-5-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV


The Game

Mika Zibanejad will not play for the New York Rangers against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Zibanejad, the Rangers leading scorer with 11 points (four goals, seven assists), is day to day with an upper-body injury. Filip Chytil will take his place in the lineup after being recalled from Hartford of the American Hockey League on Monday. 

The Lightning could be without centers Brayden Point and Anthony Cirelli; neither took part in the morning skate and coach Jon Cooper said each is questionable, although not likely to play. 

The Lightning, who were defeated 3-2 in overtime by the Nashville Predators on Saturday, are playing the first of five in a row away from home on a 12-day road trip that features two games in Stockholm against the Buffalo Sabres as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series.

The Rangers are coming off a 7-4 loss against the Boston Bruins on Sunday and have lost six of their past seven games (1-5-1).


Players to watch

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman has points in five straight games (two goals, three assists).

Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past three games. He is the first Rangers defenseman to have three straight multi-point games since Brian Leetch (Feb. 1-5, 1997).


They said it

"If anything we're coming off a game where we felt we should have gotten two points against Nashville and we've got to be hungry tonight. We need to start this trip off right." -- Lightning center Steven Stamkos

"If [Chytil] plays the way he has been he'll be here for a while, and that's what we're anticipating. He's a guy we think very highly of and he's done a great job in Hartford. He's a guy we're counting on moving forward." -- Rangers coach David Quinn


Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Steven Stamkos -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Tyler Johnson -- Mathieu Joseph

Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Yanni Gourde

Carter Verhaege -- Luke Witkowski

Victor Hedman -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Braydon Coburn -- Mikhail Sergachev

Jan Rutta

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: None

Injured: Anthony Cirelli (undisclosed), Brayden Point (undisclosed)

Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Filip Chytil -- Pavel Buchnevich

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Kaapo Kakko

Brendan Lemieux -- Brett Howden -- Jesper Fast

Greg McKegg -- Lias Andersson -- Brendan Smith

Libor Hajek -- Jacob Trouba

Brady Skjei -- Tony DeAngelo

Marc Staal -- Adam Fox

Alexandar Georgiev

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: Micheal Haley, Ryan Lindgren

Injured: Mika Zibanejad (upper body), Yegor Rykov(ankle)


Status report

Tampa Bay will use 11 forwards and seven defensemen if Point and Cirelli are out. ... Rutta has not played this season. … Quinn wouldn't confirm anything about the Rangers lineup other than saying Chytil, who had nine points (three goals, six assists) in nine games with Hartford, will play with Kreider and Buchnevich, and Georgiev will start.


Stat pack

Panarin has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past five games.

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