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Preview: Rangers Look for First Win at Barclays Center Against Islanders

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (34-37-9, 77 pts) at Islanders (33-37-10, 76 pts)
7 pm; Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers go for their first victory at Barclays Center tonight when they take on the New York Islanders in Brooklyn.

The Blueshirts are coming off a 5-2 defeat Tuesday night in New Jersey that saw Ryan Spooner and Kevin Hayes find the back of the net for the Rangers.

Mats Zuccarello is expected to get back in the lineup after missing Tuesday's game following an MRI. Cody McLeod, meanwhile, will miss his second game with an abdominal strain.

Coach Alain Vigneault said Ondrej Pavelec will start against the Islanders, while Henrik Lundqvist gets the nod on Saturday in the final game of the season in Philadelphia.

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Preview: Rangers Begin Final Week With Tilt Against Devils in New Jersey

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (34-36-9, 77 pts) at Devils (42-28-4, 93 pts)
7 pm; Prudential Center, Newark; NJ
MSG 2; WABC 770 AM

The Game

The Rangers begin the final week of the 2017-18 season Tuesday night when they battle the Devils in New Jersey.

The Blueshirts continued their dominance over the Hurricanes with a 2-1 victory Saturday night in Carolina. Ryan Sproul and Kevin Hayes scored while Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves for his 26th victory of the season.

With just three games remaining the season, coach Alain Vigneault on Monday said the team would most likely be without Jesper Fast for the remainder of the season, as the winger is battling a groin injury.

Mats Zuccarello, meanwhile, is expected to miss at least Tuesday night's game against the Devils after he did not practice on Monday before getting an MRI because of an injury following a blocked shot.

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Preview: Rangers Head to Raleigh to Take on the Hurricanes

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (33-36-9, 75 pts) at Hurricanes (35-32-11, 81 pts)
7 pm; PNC Arena; Raleigh, NC
MSG 2; Radio WMCA 570

The Game

The Rangers finish off a back-to-back set in Carolina when they take on the Hurricanes Saturday in Raleigh.

New York is coming off a 7-3 loss Friday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden. While the score was lopsided, the game was 2-1 after two periods before the Lightning scored three times in the first 2:38 of the third.

Filip Chytil scored his first NHL goal and Chris Kreider added another to make it a two-goal game before Tampa scored twice more, including an empty-netter.

Henrik Lundqvist, who was named the 2018 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award winner, is expected to get the start against the Hurricanes after serving as backup on Friday night.

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Preview: Rangers Host Lightning in Final Home Game of the Season

Steven McDonald Award to be Presented Pregame

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (33-35-9, 75 pts) vs. Lightning (51-22-4, 106 pts)
7 pm; Madison Square Garden
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers close out the home portion of the 2017-18 season with a matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning that's preceded by the 30th annual Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award.

The Blueshirts come into tonight's game off a 3-2 overtime defeat Wednesday night in Washington against the Capitals, a game they led 2-1 late in regulation. Kevin Hayes and Ryan Spooner each scored in the game, with rookie Lias Andersson recording his first assist on Spooner's tally.

Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves in the loss to Washington. He is expected to get the start tonight.

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Preview: Rangers Head to the Capital to Take on Washington

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (33-35-8, 74 pts) at Capitals (45-24-7, 97 pts)
8 pm; Capital One Arena; Washington, D.C.
NBCSN; ESPN 1050 AM

The Game

The Rangers will have their No. 1 goaltender back in action as they wrap up a home-and-home set with the Washington Capitals Wednesday night in D.C.

Henrik Lundqvist will be in goal tonight against the Capitals after missing the last three games following a collision last week against Columbus. He practiced on Tuesday and said he felt good and wanted to get back into game action.

With Lundqvist and Ondrej Pavelec healthy, the team assigned rookie Alexandar Georgiev to Hartford of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. 

Lundqvist is the only expected lineup change, as coach Alain Vigneault deployed the same trios and pairs Tuesday at practice, which includes Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil. Andersson scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game on Monday, while Chytil picked up his first point in three.

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Preview: Andersson, Chytil Slated to Play Against Caps at Garden

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (33-34-8, 74 pts) vs. Capitals (44-24-7, 95 pts)
7:30 pm; Madison Square Garden
NBCSN; ESPN 1050 AM

The Game

The Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil era begins tonight when the Rangers take on the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden.

The two 2017 first round picks were recalled from Hartford (AHL) on Sunday and are expected to be in the lineup against Washington. Chytil played two games earlier in the season with the Rangers, while Andersson would make his NHL debut.

Chytil had 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points in 45 games with the Wolf Pack this season, while Andersson had five goals and nine assists for 14 points in 24 games after joining the club in January.

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Preview: Rangers Face Sabres at MSG

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (32-34-8, 72 pts) vs. Sabres 
7 pm; Madison Square Garden
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers begin a quick two-game homestand Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden.

New York is coming off a 5-3 loss Thursday night in Philadelphia against the Flyers. Jesper Fast scored twice and Mika Zibanejad added his 26th of the season. 

That duo, along with Chris Kreider, have been red-hot as of late with 11 goals and nine assists in the last four games. The trio has registered 11 of the Rangers' 13 goals during that span.

Despite practicing on Friday, Henrik Lundqvist will once again miss Saturday's game as he continues to recover from a collision Tuesday night against the Blue Jackets. Alexandar Georgiev will make the start while Ondrej Pavelec will serve as backup.

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Preview: Rangers Head to Philadelphia to Take on Flyers

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (32-33-8, 72 pts) at Flyers (37-25-12, 86 pts)
7 pm, Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers head to Philadelphia for the first time this season to take on the Flyers Thursday night.

The Blueshirts are coming off a 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kevin Hayes scored a shorthanded goal while both Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad found the net on the power play. But Artemi Panarin's hat trick helped the Blue Jackets leave Madison Square Garden with the win.

Henrik Lundqvist collided with both John Gilmour and Columbus' Matt Calvert late in the third period, and complained after of pain in both his neck and back, which ultimately kept him out of practice on Wednesday. He won't play - or dress - on Thursday, as coach Alain Vigneault said Alexandar Georgiev will start, with Ondrej Pavelec serving as backup.

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Preview: Rangers Take on Red Hot Blue Jackets at MSG

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (32-32-8, 72 pts) vs. Blue Jackets (40-28-5, 85 pts)
7 pm; Madison Square Garden
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers return home to host one of the hottest teams in the NHL, the Columbus Blue Jackets, at Madison Square Garden.

The Blueshirts picked up a point in a 4-3 overtime loss Saturday night in St. Louis against the Blues. Mika Zibanejad scored twice to give him four goals in his last two games, and Mats Zuccarello once to give him four tallies in the last five games.

After serving as the backup in the last three games, goatlender Henrik Lundqvist will make the start against Columbus, a team he's 11-7-1 against in 20 games during his career.

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Preview: Rangers Play Final Western Conference Game in St. Louis

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (32-32-7, 71 pts) at Blues (37-38-5, 79 pts)
8 pm; Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
MSG+; ESPN 1050 AM

The Game

The Rangers travel to the Western Conference for the final time in 2017-18 when they take on the Blues in St. Louis.

New York has won two straight, including a dramatic overtime win Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins that saw the Rangers overcome two deficits, including being down 2-0 heading into the third period. Mika Zibanejad tied the game late before winning it in overtime, while Chris Kreider finished with a career-high four points in the win.

Alexandar Georgiev has started - and won - both games and will get the call again Saturday night.

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