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Rangers Host Knights for First Time

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

Rangers (3-7-2, 8 pts) vs. Golden Knights (8-2-0, 16 pts)
7 pm, Madison Square Garden
MSG Network, ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers play host to the Vegas Golden Knights for the first time in history at Madison Square Garden.

New York is coming off a 5-4 loss Saturday night in Montreal. The Blueshirts fell behind early but eventually tied the game before a third period goal swung things in the host's favor.

After a day of practice on Monday, Alain Vigneault and his team will look to rebound against the upstart expansion team from the desert.

Henrik Lundqvist is expected to get the start against the Gold Knights after serving as the team's backup for the last two games. Vigneault changed up nearly all his forward groups and defensive pairs on Monday in attempt to get back into the win column.

Vegas, the NHL's newest franchise, is off to one of the best starts for an expansion franchise in League history and finds itself in second in the competitive Pacific Division. The Knights, though, are coming off a 6-3 loss Monday night that saw its five-game winning streak come to an end.

The Golden Knights loss goaltender Oscar Dansk, who was already the team's third-string goaltender, to an undisclosed injury. Netminder Maxime Lagace took over and could play Tuesday against the Rangers.

James Neal leads the team with seven goals and 10 points thus far, with four others posting seven points. Former Ranger Oscar Lindberg is second on the team with four goals.

Players to Watch

Like the team as a whole, Lundqvist is off to a challenging start to the 2017-18 campaign. But after a few days of practice between starts, Lundqvist said on Monday he was feeling confident heading into Tuesday's start. No. 30 is 2-4-2 thus far and is one win away from passing Glenn Hall for ninth place on the NHL's all-time wins list.

Neal was expected to be the Knights' top offensive forward and has thus far delivered with seven goals in 10 games. With that said, his production has slipped as of late with just one goal in his last six games. Neal has nine goals in 23 career games against the Rangers.

Say What?

"It's a good test for us right now. Where we are, relative to who we're facing this week. A couple teams that are playing really well right now and finding ways to win hockey games. That's something we're looking to do." - Henrik Lundqvist on looking ahead to this week's slate of games

Rangers Projected Lineup

Chris Kreider - Mika Zibanejad - Pavel Buchnevich
Rick Nash - Kevin Hayes - Mats Zuccarello
Jimmy Vesey - David Desharnais - J.T. Miller
Michael Grabner - Boo Nieves - Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh - Brendan Smith
Brady Skjei - Kevin Shattenkirk
Marc Staal - Nick Holden

Henrik Lundqvist

Inside the Numbers

The Rangers have posted a 23-5-1-0 record in their first all-time game against the other 29 teams currently in the NHL (not including Vegas). 

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