The Rangers return home to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at Madison Square Garden.
The Blueshirts are coming off a 3-2 loss Friday night in Carolina, with the game-deciding goal coming with less than one second left on the clock in the second period. Mats Zuccarello had both Rangers goals, while Ryan McDonagh extended his personal-best assist streak to six games.
Forward Pavel Buchnevich picked up an assist in his first game back after missing five games with back spasms and Mika Zibanejad continued the strong start to his Rangers tenure with a helper of his own to give him eight points through eight games.
Antti Raanta will get the start for the Rangers, which will mark his first appearance against the Lightning in his career. Raanta is 1-0 after a 7-4 win over San Jose back on Oct. 17 at Madison Square Garden.
Injured forward Chris Kreider has been skating on his own as he recovers from neck spasms, though he is doubtful for tonight's game.
The Lightning come in on a two-game losing streak, most recently dropping a 3-1 decision Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils in Newark.
Tampa recalled forward Cory Conacher for Saturday's matchup with the Devils, as forward Nikita Kucherov remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Steven Stamkos is leading the way offensively for the Lightning with five goals and nine points in eight games. Defenseman Victor Hedman is off to a good start, as the big Swedish blueliner has a goal and five points in eight games.
Goaltender Ben Bishop is expected to start after backup Andrei Vasilevskiy took the loss to the Devils Saturday night. Bishop is 3-2 with a 3.22 goals against average and a .891 save percentage in five games.
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