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Rangers Head to Boston to Battle Bruins

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (17-12-3, 37 pts) at Bruins (15-10-4, 34 pts)
5 pm; TD Garden
MSG+, ESPN 1050 AM

The Game

The Rangers have to turn the page quickly on Friday's impressive 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, as they're back in action today in Boston against the Bruins at 5 pm.

The Blueshirts never trailed in Friday's win over the Pacific-leading Kings. Four different players found the back of the net, including Rick Nash's game-winner with 3:27 left in the third period. Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves to earn his 15th victory of the year.

With the back-to-back and the earlier start time, goaltender Ondrej Pavelec could get the start against the Bruins. No other lineup changes are expected.

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Rangers Battle Kings at The Garden

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (16-12-3, 35 pts) vs Kings (20-9-3, 43 pts)
7 pm, Madison Square Garden
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers look to get back into the win column when they host Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden.

The Blueshirts are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night that saw Michael Grabner net his team-leading 15th goal of the year and Pavel Buchnevich add his 11th tally of the year.

With an off day on Thursday, any lineup changes for New York are unknown, and that includes the status of center Mika Zibanejad. The forward practiced on Tuesday - as a defenseman - and coach Alain Vigneault said there was a chance Zibanejad would get a look at his normal position. If all went according to plan, the hope was Zibanejad would return to the lineup after missing seven games with a concussion.

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Rangers Visit Senators in Ottawa

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (16-11-3, 35 pts) at Senators (9-13-7, 25 pts)
7 pm; Canadian Tire Centre
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM 

The Game

The Rangers heard north and return to Ottawa for the first time since last season's playoffs to take on the Senators.

The Blueshirts are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars on Monday night, a game in which backup goaltender Ondrej Pavelec was sensational in making 44 saves, with all Rangers and head coach Alain Vigneault citing Pavelec's performance as the reason New York was able to secure a point in the standings.

Despite changing his lines in the third period of that game, Vigneault went back to the combinations he began the game with for the start of tonight's game. He did not disclose his starting goaltender.

Mika Zibanejad took part in practice on Tuesday but will not play and did not travel with the team to Ottawa.

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Rangers Host Stars at The Garden

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (16-11-2, 34 pts) vs. Stars (16-13-1, 33 pts)
7 pm, Madison Square Garden
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

Two days after a convincing 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils, the Rangers are back in action when they host the Dallas Stars tonight at Madison Square Garden.

The Blueshirts turned in one of their best performances of the season Saturday night against the Devils. Mats Zuccarello scored twice while Jesper Fast had a goal and an assist and Rick Nash had a pair of helpers. 

Henrik Lundqvist rebounded from allowing four goals the night prior in Washington with 26 saves against the Devils to earn his 14th win of the year.

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Rangers Back Home to Host Devils at MSG

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (15-11-2, 32 pts) vs Devils (16-8-3, 36 pts)
7 pm, Madison Square Garden
MSG 2; ESPN 1050 AM

The Game

After two on the road in Pittsburgh and Washington, the Rangers return home to take on the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden.

New York erased a 2-0 hole Friday night in Washington, but two late goals from the Capitals thwarted the comeback and sent the Blueshirts to a loss in the first meeting of the season between the two squads.

Coach Alain Vigneault would not say who would start Saturday's game between the Rangers and Devils, nor if there would be any lineup changes. He did rule out Mika Zibanejad, who is still recovering from a concussion sustained late last month.

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Rangers Finish Road Trip With Battle in D.C. Against Capitals

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (15-10-2, 32 pts) at Capitals (17-11-1, 35 pts)
7 pm, Capital One Arena
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers continue their stretch through the Metropolitan Division with their first of four meetings this season tonight against the Capitals in Washington, D.C.

New York is still riding high off its 4-3 win Tuesday night over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Penguins in Pittsburgh. Boo Nieves scored his first NHL goal, Pavel Buchnevich potted the game-winner and Ondrej Pavelec made 41 saves in the emergency start to earn his second victory as a Ranger.

Pavelec got the start because Henrik Lundqvist came down with the flu, but the netmidner said on Thursday he's healthy enough to play Friday against the Capitals. No other lineup changes are expected.

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Rangers Head to Pittsburgh to Battle Penguins

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (14-10-2, 30 pts) at Penguins (15-10-3, 33 pts)
7:30 PM, PPG Paints Arena
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers continue their four-game stretch against Metropolitan Division foes when they begin a two-game road trip starting with a visit to the Penguins in Pittsburgh tonight.

New York hasn't played since a 5-1 win Friday night over the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden. Michael Grabner registered a hat trick and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves to earn his 13th victory of the season.

Lundqvist will get the start tonight in Pittsburgh and no lineup changes are expected from Friday's win.

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Rangers Close Homestand Against Hurricanes

Zibanejad Out, McDonagh Expected Back

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (13-10-2, 28 pts) vs Hurricanes (10-8-5, 25 pts)
7 pm, Madison Square Garden
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

For the second time in just over a week, the Rangers faceoff with the Carolina Hurricanes, this time at Madison Square Garden.

The Blueshirts are coming off a 5-4 loss to the Florida Panthers that saw them erase 3-0 and 4-1 deficits. But after tying the game, New York surrendered the game-winning goal with 1:09 left in the third period for their first loss on home ice in nine games.

The Rangers will be without Mika Zibanejad for an indefinite time with concussion symptoms after a hit late in last Friday's game against the Red Wings. David Desharnais will remain in the lineup between Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich, a trio that combined for nine points Tuesday night against Florida.

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Rangers Take Winning Streak into Matchup With Panthers

Blueshirts have won four straight and eight in a row at home

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (13-9-2, 28 pts) vs. Panthers (9-12-2, 20 points)

7 pm, Madison Square Garden

MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers bring their four-game winning streak (and eight in a row at home) into Tuesday's contest against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden.

New York is coming off a dramatic, 4-3 shootout win Sunday against the Vancouver Canucks that saw Jimmy Vesey tie the game in the third period before winning the game in the seventh round of the shootout.

Jesper Fast and Michael Grabner also scored while Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves for his 12th victory of the year.

With the team off on Monday, the Rangers' starter is an unknown. Lundqvist has started the previous 12 games, with backup Ondrej Pavelec last starting back on Oct. 28 in Montreal. 

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Homestand Continues for Rangers Against Canucks

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (12-9-2, 26 pts) vs Canucks (11-9-3, 25 pts)
2 pm, Madison Square Garden
MSG Network; WNBM 103.9 FM

The Game

The Rangers continue their four-game homestand Sunday afternoon with a matinee matchup against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden.

New York edged Detroit, 2-1, in overtime Friday night in what could only be described as one of the best goaltending duels of the season. Henrik Lundqvist and Jimmy Howard combined for 69 saves, though it was Lundqvist and his 40 saves who outlasted Howard. Chris Kreider tied the game in the third before Mats Zuccarello won it in the opening minute of the extra period.

Forward Boo Nieves left the game after the first period with a hip pointer, and will be unavailable Sunday against Vancouver. David Desharnais rejoins the lineup and will slot into Nieves' spot between Jimmy Vesey and Paul Carey.

No other lineup changes are expected, with Ryan McDonagh set to miss his third straight game with a strained abdomen muscle.

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