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Preview: Rangers Head to Montreal to Take on Habs

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

The Rangers (27-28-5, 59 pts) at Canadiens (22-29-8, 52 pts)
7:30 pm; Bell Centre, Montreal
MSG 2; ESPN 1050 AM

The Game

The Rangers head north to Montreal looking to snap out of their losing streak when they battle the Canadiens at Bell Centre.

Goaltender Alexandar Georgiev will make his NHL debut and defenseman Rob O'Gara will make his Rangers debut after being part of a trade on Tuesday that sent Nick Holden to the Boston Bruins.

Marc Staal is also expected back in the lineup for the Rangers after missing eight games with a cervical sprain.

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Preview: Rangers Host Flyers on 50th Anniversary at Current MSG

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (27-27-5, 59 pts) vs. Flryers (29-19-10, 68 pts)
12 pm; Madison Square Garden
NBC; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers return home looking to snap out of a losing streak when they host the Philadelphia Flyers on the 50th anniversary of their first game at the current Madison Square Garden, which ended in a 3-1 victory over the Flyers.

New York dropped a 6-3 decision Saturday afternoon in Ottawa. Michael Grabner scored twice and Mika Zibanejad once, while Brandon Halverson made his NHL debut in relief of Henrik Lundqvist.

Despite allowing five goals and with the quick turnaround, Alain Vigneault confirmed Lundqvist will make the start against the Flyers.

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Preview: Rangers Head North to Take on the Senators

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (27-26-5, 59 pts) at Senators (20-27-9, 49 pts)
2 pm; Canadian Tire Centre; Ottawa
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers hit the road for an afternoon matchup in Ottawa against the Senators on Saturday.

New York is coming off a 50-shot performance Thursday night in a 3-0 loss to the Islanders in Brooklyn, the team's second defeat in as many games.

There's good news and bad news on the injury front for the Rangers, as forward Pavel Buchnevich will return after missing seven games with concussion symptoms, though Kevin Hayes is questionable after not practicing on Friday.

Goaltender Alexandar Georgiev was slated to get the start against the Senators but came down with the flu, thus giving way to Henrik Lundqvist to make his fourth straight start. Paul Carey will return to the lineup after Vinni Lettieri was assigned to Hartford to make room for goaltender Brandon Halverson, who will serve as the backup.

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Preview: Rangers Head East to Brooklyn to Take on Islanders

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (27-25-5, 59 pts) at Islanders (27-25-6 60 pts)
7 pm; Barclays Center, Brooklyn
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers head into Brooklyn for the first time all season to battle the Islanders in a crucial matchup in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

The Blueshirts are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Wild Tuesday night in Minnesota, a game they trailed 3-0 in in the opening minutes of the first period. John Gilmour and Kevin Hayes scored for New York, who had won the previous two games heading into the matchup in Minnesota.

Henrik Lundqvist took the loss against the Wild and will be back in goal for the Rangers tonight in Brooklyn. No lineup changes are expected, though coach Alain Vigneault will address the media at 5 pm.

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Rangers Open Trip in Winnipeg Against Jets

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (26-24-5, 57 pts) at Jets (32-14-9, 73 pts)
3 pm, Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg
MSG+, ESPN 1050 AM

The Game

After finding their way back into the win column with a comeback win Friday night, the Rangers begin a two-game road trip today against the Jets in Winnipeg.

Rick Nash and Mika Zibanejad each scored in the third period to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead, one the Blueshirts did not relinquish in topping the Flames at The Garden.

The win was not without a blemish, though, as the Rangers lost goaltender Ondrej Pavelec to a knee injury. The netminder underwent an MRI on Saturday, but the severity of the situation was unknown after practice.

There is some positive news on the injury front, though, with forward Jimmy Vesey returning after a three-game absence with a concussion.

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Preview: Rangers Host Flames Tonight at The Garden

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (25-24-5, 55 pts) vs. Flames (28-18-8, 64 pts)
7 pm; Madison Square Garden
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers look to get back into the win column tonight against the Calgary Flames at Madison Square Garden.

Rick Nash scored New York's lone goal Wednesday night to get him to 16 on the season. 

Defenseman Neal Pionk will make his NHL debut after being recalled from Hartford (AHL) on Thursday to replace Brendan Smith, who the team placed on waivers. Henrik Lundqvist, meanwhile, is expected to get the start for New York after he was pulled midway through the second period of Wednesday's loss to the Boston Bruins.

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Rangers Return Home to Take on Red-Hot Bruins

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (25-23-5, 55 pts) vs. Bruins (31-11-8, 70 pts)
8 pm; Madison Square Garden
NBCSN; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers return home after a trip to the Midwest and look to snap a three-game losing streak when they host the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden.

New York were bested by the Stars, 2-1, Monday night in Dallas. David Desharnais scored the team's only goal while Henrik Lundqvist shined in making 39 saves in the loss.

There was no update on the condition of any injured Blueshirt, and coach Alain Vigneault often requires a player to have at least one practice before getting back into the lineup, thus any changes from the roster deployed Monday would be doubtful.

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Rangers Close Trip With Matchup With Stars in Dallas

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (25-22-5, 55 pts) at Stars (30-19-4, 64 pts)
8:30 pm, American Airlines Center, Dallas
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers look to snap a two-game losing streak when they wrap up their road trip tonight in Dallas against the Stars.

The Blueshirts were beaten, 5-2, Saturday night against the Nashville Predators, and in the process lost possibly two more players as both Marc Staal and Jimmy Vesey left the game following hits to the head. Those losses came a game after Pavel Buchnevich was lost indefinitely to an upper-body injury as well.

Forward Vinni Lettieri was recalled on Sunday presumably to replace Vesey for at least Monday night against the Stars.

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Blueshirts Open Two-Game Road Trip in Nashville

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (25-21-5, 55 pts) at Predators (30-12-7, 67 pts)
8 pm, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers look to rebound from Thursday's loss when they begin a two-game road trip tonight in Nashville against the red-hot Predators.

New York dropped its first game following the all-star break against the Toronto Maple Leafs and on Friday stressed the importance of a strong performance Saturday to turn the page on that defeat.

They'll have to do so without forward Pavel Buchnevich, who will be out indefinitely with an upper-body injury following a hit midway through the second period against Toronto that removed him from the contest.

Paul Carey will rejoin the lineup in Buchnevich's place while Henrik Lundqvist is expected to get the start after he allowed four goals in just over 23 minutes against Toronto. 

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Rangers Return to Action to Take on Leafs at Garden

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (25-20-5, 55 pts) vs Maple Leafs (29-18-5, 63 pts)
7 pm; Madison Square Garden
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers return from the All-Star break with their first game at The Garden in two weeks when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight.

The Blueshirts are coming off a 6-5 victory last Thursday night in San Jose that saw J.T. Miller lead the way with a goal and two assists to help snap a three-game losing streak on the west coast.

Forward Cody McLeod is expected to make his Rangers debut after he was claimed off waivers last week from Nashville. He practiced on the right side with David Desharnais and Jimmy Vesey at practice on Wednesday.

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is also expected to start against the Maple Leafs after serving as the team's backup in San Jose, and spending the weekend in Tampa representing the Rangers at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game.

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