Vesey, Blueshirts Ready for Predators … Again

The Rangers host the Nashville Predators tonight at Madison Square Garden.

The game marks the third of four consecutive at home against Western Conference teams for the Rangers.

In their first meeting in music city in December, Jimmy Vesey’s shootout goal was the winner, securing a 2-1 victory. Poetic justice perhaps as Vesey was booed relentlessly by the locals for having not turned pro with the team that drafted him, the Predators.

Nashville is coming off a 4-2 win against Vancouver at home and is 6-3-1 in its last 10 games.

The Rangers knuckled down and gutted out a 4-1 win over Anaheim in their last outing to run their unbeaten streak to three consecutive.

3 KEYS TO RANGERS-PREDATORS:

1. The Neutral Zone

Both teams like to play an up-tempo game. The neutral zone becomes an important area where the puck needs to move correctly as both teams have the skill to capitalize on any turnovers in the middle of the ice.

2. The Rangers Skill

In their last game, Anaheim’s heavy style did not allow the Rangers a ton of open ice to make plays. The good news is that the Rangers skill does not need a ton of chances to score, as was clearly evident against the Ducks.

There will be chances to continue to display offensive skill against Nashville. Put it to work.

3. Nashville’s D

A lot of what happens with Nashville’s offense begins with a mobile puck moving defense core, led by Roman Josi. Forcing the Predators back-end to defend, and limiting their time with the puck, will negate an important part of Nashville’s offense.

COVERAGE:

Pregame gets under way at 6:30 PM on MSG Network (TV), 98.7 FM ESPN (Radio)

Check it out!