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Preview: Jets at Rangers

Winnipeg rookie Patrik Laine makes debut at Madison Square Garden; New York seeks fifth straight victory

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

JETS (5-6-1) at RANGERS (9-3-0)

7 p.m. ET; SN, SN360, MSG, NHL.TV

 

Jets team scope

Winnipeg Jets rookie left wing Patrik Laine said he's looking forward to making his Madison Square Garden debut. "I've never been there so it's nice to go out there knowing we are facing a really good team," Laine said. "I'm really excited and looking forward to the game." Laine has seven goals and the Jets are 4-0-0 when he scores. Laine has four multipoint games this season, which ties him with Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander for most by a rookie. The Jets have won four of their past five visits to the Garden and have outscored the New York Rangers 16-10 during that stretch. Coach Paul Maurice will not make any lineup changes when the Jets play the third of 10 road games in November. "You can't really change your style in the NHL," Maurice said. "You can make adjustments on what you need to be aware of, and the speed of the Rangers is clearly something you have to be aware of. They get up the ice with four guys and make those lateral passes. They have a lot of skill to get to the net very quickly so you have to manage the puck well. There's a handful of things that make them unique but almost every team has something that makes them different so you have to prepare for that." Connor Hellebuyck is expected to start in goal. 

 

Rangers team scope

The New York Rangers did not skate Sunday after a 5-2 win at the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Forward Rick Nash has at least one point in three of his past four games. He has six goals and nine points and is one goal from 400 in his NHL career. The Rangers have won four straight games while outscoring opponents 21-6, scoring at least five goals in each game, and lead the NHL with 50 goals and a plus-23 goal differential in 12 games. Derek Stepan and Kevin Hayes scored shorthanded goals Saturday, when the Rangers finished 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. They're tied for 13th in the League killing penalties at 82.4 percent. "[Michael Grabner] might be one of the best penalty killers I've seen," Stepan said. "He's so smart, he anticipates well and he can skate. That's really hard to be able to be that good."

 

Jets projected lineup

Patrik Laine -- Mark Scheifele -- Nikolaj Ehlers

Kyle Connor -- Nic Petan -- Blake Wheeler

Brandon Tanev -- Adam Lowry -- Marko Dano

Alexander Burmistrov -- Andrew Copp -- Chris Thorburn

Josh Morrissey -- Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom -- Paul Postma

Julian Melchiori -- Ben Chiarot  

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: None

Injured: Joel Armia (lower body), Mathieu Perreault (upper body), Bryan Little (lower body), Drew Stafford (upper body), Tyler Myers (lower body), Mark Stuart (lower body) Shawn Matthias (lower body)

 

Rangers projected lineup 

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Mats Zuccarello

Jimmy Vesey -- Derek Stepan -- Rick Nash

Michael Grabner -- Kevin Hayes -- J.T. Miller

Pavel Buchnevich -- Brandon Pirri -- Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh -- Nick Holden

Marc Staal -- Adam Clendening

Brady Skjei -- Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Dan Girardi, Oscar Lindberg

Injured: Josh Jooris (shoulder)

Status report

Myers and Stuart skated Sunday at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, but will not play. Maurice said Myers, Stuart, Matthias and Perreault are day to day and hopeful against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. … Girardi is resting in favor of Clendening with the Rangers playing the second of a back to back. ... Lundqvist will to make his 10th start after Raanta made 35 saves Saturday.

 

Who's hot 

In his past four games Hellebuyck has stopped 105 of 112 shots (.938 save percentage). … The line of Hayes centering Grabner and Miller has 10 goals and 21 points the past four games. … Vesey has six goals and 10 points in his past 10 games, including two goals and five points in his past four.

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