Another huge game will be preceded by a ceremony honoring Henrik Lundqvist for breaking the franchise’s career wins record of Mike Richter and the career shutout record of Eddie Giacomin.
Both Richter and Giacomin will be in attendance for the ceremony, as will Lundqvist’s parents, who are in from Sweden. FWIW, Lundqvist was also named one of the
Then Lundqvist will go out and try to get two more critical points against a Phoenix team more desperate than the Rangers. Don Maloney’s Coyotes have won three of four and have the West’s eighth-best record, currently two points ahead of Dallas for the final wild card.
The Rangers, of course, have won three in a row and are third in the Lesstropolitan Division, a point behind the Flyers, who have two games in hand and play at home against Los Angeles tonight. The Flyers come to MSG on Wednesday.
The Rangers have just 10 games left and are only 16-20 (or 16-16-4 in NHL accounting) on home ice this season.
The Rangers have three game-time lineup decisions as the flu bug has gone through the lockerroom. Derek Dorsett missed Sunday’s game with the bug, and neither Martin St. Louis or Derek Stepan skated this morning because of the flu. So they hoped to skate in warmups and then decide.
Shortly before warmups, the Rangers said J.T. Miller will not be officially recalled, meaning they expect to have enough healthy forwards for the game.
John Moore (concussion) remains out, though Alain Vigneault said he has made progress as he goes through the concussion protocol, and that Miller rode the stationary bike today. Raphael Diaz will again play in his place.
Other games that matter tonight:
Kings at Flyers (7), Habs at Bruins (7:30), Senators at Lightning (7:30).
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