WILD at RANGERS, 7 p.m.
MSG, 98.7 FM
There is one last extended stay at home for the Rangers: On Thursday night they begin a stretch in which they will play five of their next six games on Garden ice, when a Minnesota team with all kinds of struggles comes into Madison Square Garden. It comes at a rink where the Rangers have felt comfortable and earned points all season long: The Rangers are 15-9-6 at home this season, and over their last 17 home games dating to Jan. 12, they have lost in regulation only five times. The visitors on Thursday night, meanwhile, have won just one game in the last month.
"We've played well, and we want to take advantage of playing at home for sure - we've had success here, we certainly enjoy playing in front of our crowd, we've got a lot of support, and guys feel comfortable," David Quinn said following his team's morning skate on Thursday. "We've just got to continue to build on the way we've played I think over the last five weeks. I think we've played some pretty good hockey over the last five weeks and we've just got to keep moving in that direction."
Moving in to rejoin the Rangers will be Lias Andersson, called up from Hartford just hours before faceoff against the Wild. The 20-year-old, No. 7 draft pick in 2017 has played in 21 games with the Rangers already this season, most recently on Dec. 27, picking up a goal and three assists. He has 20 points (6-14-20) in 36 games covering two stints in Hartford this season.