Rangers (24-17-5, 53 pts) at Avalanche (25-16-3, 53 pts)
3 pm; Pepsi Center, Denver
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM
The Rangers embark on their longest road trip of the season beginning with a Saturday afternoon matchup with the Avalanche in Colorado.
The Blueshirts picked up back-to-back victories at The Garden before heading west, most recently a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night. Rick Nash led the way with two goals and an assist to give him four tallies in his last two games. Pavel Buchnevich chipped in with the game-winning goal and another assist.
Friday was a busy one for the Rangers, who lost Kevin Shattenkirk indefinitely as the blueliner will undergo surgery on Monday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. New York recalled Tony DeAngelo and forward Dan Catenacci from Hartford (AHL) for the trip as both Marc Staal and Kevin Hayes also remain out with injuries. Coach Alain Vigneault said both were 50/50 to play on Sunday in Los Angeles.
Henrik Lundqvist started both games at The Garden this week, and with the back-to-backs this weekend, it wouldn't be a surprise to see backup Ondrej Pavelec in goal, possibly as early as Saturday in Colorado.