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Daniel Sedin two points away from 1,000; New York attempts to extend home win streak to eight

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

CANUCKS (11-9-3) at RANGERS (12-9-2)

2 p.m. ET; SN, MSG, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The New York Rangers will try for their eighth straight home win when they host the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

It is the Rangers' longest home winning streak since winning nine in a row from Oct. 19-Nov. 23, 2015. New York, which defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in overtime on Friday, has outscored opponents 29-14 during the streak.

Canucks forward Daniel Sedin is two points shy of 1,000 in his NHL career; he had two points in a 3-2 loss against the New Jersey Devils on Friday.

 

Players to watch

Canucks forward Brock Boeser has six goals and two assists during a six-game point streak.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has won each of his past three games and has saved 92 of 94 shots (0.67 goals-against average, .979 save percentage) in that span.

 

They said it

"When it happens, it happens. I think this year is obviously a little different with my role on the team, so it can happen next game or happen in six games, but we'll take it when it happens." -- Canucks forward Daniel Sedin, who has 998 NHL points

"Both Jimmy [Vesey] and Paul [Carey] have been playing some pretty good hockey for us. David's [Desharnais] been out here for a couple of games and I'm sure he's anxious to get back in the lineup and play well, and that's what he'll do for us tomorrow." -- Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on forward David Desharnais replacing injured center Boo Nieves

 

Canucks projected lineup

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Brock Boeser

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Jake Virtanen

Brendan Gaunce -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Sam Gagner

Thomas Vanek -- Markus Granlund -- Loui Eriksson

Alexander Edler -- Derrick Pouliot

Michael Del Zotto -- Christopher Tanev

Ben Hutton -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Alex Biega, Nikolay Goldobin 

Injured: Derek Dorsett (upper body), Erik Gudbranson (upper body), Brandon Sutter (undisclosed)

 

Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich

Michael Grabner -- J.T. Miller -- Mats Zuccarello

Rick Nash -- Kevin Hayes -- Jesper Fast

Jimmy Vesey -- David Desharnais -- Paul Carey

Brady Skjei -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Marc Staal -- Steven Kampfer

Brendan Smith -- Nick Holden

Henrik Lundqvist

Ondrej Pavelec

Scratched: None

Injured: Ryan McDonagh (abdominal strain), Boo Nieves (hip)

 

Status report

Sutter will not play and could miss the remainder of the road trip, which continues at the New York Islanders on Tuesday and at the Nashville Predators on Thursday. ... Goldobin was called up from Utica of the American Hockey League and will be a healthy scratch. ... Desharnais, who was a healthy scratch for each of the past three games, will play. ... McDonagh will miss his third straight game.

 

Stat pack

Canucks forward Sven Baertschi has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past eight games. ... Vancouver has scored at least one power-play goal in each of its past four games (6-for-13). … Zuccarello, who scored in overtime against the Red Wings on Friday, has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his past six games. He has nine points (four goals, five assists) in nine career games against the Canucks. ... The Rangers have scored at least three goals in 13 of their past 17 games. ... New York has outscored opponents 10-0 at even strength in its past three games. 

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