Tonight the Blueshirts take on the Colorado Avalanche marking the fourth consecutive home game against a Western Conference opponent.
The Rangers rang in 2017 with a 6-2 win at the Pepsi Center in Denver, led by a hat trick from Chris Kreider and two goals from J.T. Miller. Henrik Lundqvist got the victory in the Mile High City and will be looking for career win 400 this evening.
The Blueshirts are coming off a solid come-from-behind 4-3 win against the Predators. Colorado had a two-game winning streak snapped when they were beaten at home by Pittsburgh 4-1 in their last outing despite out chancing the Penguins, 63-47.
3 KEYS TO RANGERS-AVALANCHE:
1. Work Colorado’s “D”
The Avalanche will play without their top two defensemen, Erik Johnson and Tyson Barrie. What remains is a very pedestrian group that is suspect to speed and skill. This dovetails into a very favorable Ranger matchup. They need to take advantage.
2. Timely Saves
A lot of the Rangers recent success has been the result of getting a save when a save was needed. No better example than Henrik Lundqvist’s two sparklers in the 2nd period against Nashville when the Blueshirts were trailing 2-0.
Nathan MacKinnon is the leading scorer for the Avalanche and he is the one that stirs the pot for a top-heavy Colorado offense. He’s best when working in open ice, so the Rangers must eliminate his time with the puck and space to work in.
Pregame begins at 6:30 PM on MSG Network (TV) and 98.7 FM ESPN (Radio)
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