GOLDEN KNIGHTS (13-11-4) at RANGERS (13-9-3)
7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TVAS, MSG2, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV
The New York Rangers will try to extend their point streak to six games when they play the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
The Rangers are 4-0-1 in their past five games. They went 9-4-2 in November after going 4-5-1 in October.
Vegas has won its past two games including 4-3 in overtime against the Nashville Predators on Nov. 27, when Max Pacioretty scored to tie the game with 0.3 seconds remaining in the third period and Paul Stastny won it on a 2-on-0 rush in overtime.
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury remains away from the Golden Knights because of a private family matter. Coach Gerard Gallant said Fleury is in Montreal and believes he will re-join them on the road trip this week but doesn't know when.
Players to watch
Pacioretty has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past three games. He played a season-high 21:05 in Vegas' 2-1 shootout win against the Arizona Coyotes on Nov. 29.
Rangers center Mika Zibanejad has three points (two goals, one assist) in three games since returning from a 13-game absence because of an upper-body injury.
They said it
"It's amazing in hockey what a couple seconds do to the mood in the locker room, the mood on the plane. We had these chances a couple weeks ago and we were on the other side. It's amazing how it changes your outlook on how things are going." -- Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt
"We're getting close to the point of the season where everybody is figuring out what they have and where you are as a team. I think we've put ourselves in a good position here over the last 15, 16 games." -- Rangers coach David Quinn
Golden Knights projected lineup
Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith
Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Mark Stone
William Carrier -- Cody Glass -- Alex Tuch
Tomas Nosek -- Nicolas Roy -- Ryan Reaves
Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt
Nicolas Hague -- Shea Theodore
Jon Merrill -- Deryk Engelland
Scratched: Nick Holden, Marc-Andre Fleury
Injured: Cody Eakin (upper body)
Rangers projected lineup
Brendan Lemieux -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich
Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Kaapo Kakko
Chris Kreider -- Filip Chytil -- Jesper Fast
Micheal Haley -- Brett Howden -- Brendan Smith
Brady Skjei -- Jacob Trouba
Libor Hajek -- Tony DeAngelo
Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox
Scratched: Boo Nieves
Injured: Marc Staal (ankle), Greg McKegg (lower body)
Fast didn't participate in the morning skate and will be a game-time decision, Quinn said. … Sparks was recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis Sunday.
Vegas has won two consecutive games on four other occasions this season but failed to extend the streak to three in a row each time. … The Rangers have won four straight home games and have points in six straight at the Garden (5-0-1). … New York is 20-for-21 on the penalty kill in its past five games.