Ya boys have won two in a row and seven of the last eight (even if the loss in that stretch caused the predictable mass hysteria here).
The Rangers enter action with a three-point lead on third-place Philadelphia (the Flyers have two games in hand, the Rangers have the tiebreaker by three regulation/OT wins) and a seven-point lead plus a runaway in the tiebreaker on Columbus, which has two games in hand. The good news: Columbus plays a huge game at Philly tonight.
The Rangers have won a club-record and NHL-leading 25 road wins, with six victories in their last seven on the road. After tonight, the Rangers come home for a three-game homestand (Ottawa Saturday, Carolina Tuesday, Buffalo Thursday) then finish the regular season next Saturday in Montreal.
They will be without Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) tonight, but coach Alain Vigneault said that McDonagh — hurt in a late-game, not-disciplined, predatory high hit by Alex Burrows in Vancouver Tuesday — is day to day.
John Moore (concussion) will return to the lineup in McDonagh’s spot on the left with Dan Girardi. Otherwise, same lineup for the Rangers. Justin Falk and Ryan Haggerty are prucha’d, and J.T. Miller was assigned to Hartford (AHL) yesterday. Martin St. Louis is on a one-game goal-scoring streak.
Henrik Lundqvist starts in goal against coach Patrick Roy’s Avs, who have won four in a row. The Rangers beat the Avalanche 5-1 in their only previous meeting, in February at MSG.
Other games that matter tonight:
Columbus at Philadelphia (in progress).
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