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Vegas Golden Knights vs. New York Rangers Preview and Predictions 12-02-2019


The New York Rangers have put their best foot forward during a very busy schedule, collecting 11 of a possible 14 points (5-1-1) during a seven-game stretch that was completed in just 11 days. The Rangers aim to cash in again on Monday when the Vegas Golden Knights pay a visit to Madison Square Garden.

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"I think we're getting there. We've been winning in different ways, and we're finding ways to win," New York center Mika Zibanejad told reporters after his team extended its season-high point streak to five games (4-0-1) with a 4-0 victory over New Jersey on Saturday. The 26-year-old Swede recorded one of his team's two shorthanded goals versus the Devils to boost his point total to three in as many games since missing the previous 13 with an upper-body injury. Vegas has won two in a row overall and three of its four contests in franchise history against the Rangers heading into the team's three-game road trip in the Metropolitan area. Alex Tuch ended a nine-game goal drought on Friday after scoring on the power play in the second period before adding the shootout winner in the Golden Knights' 2-1 triumph over Arizona.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, TVA, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Vegas), MSG2 (New York)

ABOUT THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS (13-11-4): Jonathan Marchessault snapped a season-high four-game point drought with an assist on Tuch's goal, however it was the team's play at the other end that caught his eye. "I think we played well defensively. We worked hard. That's the identity we want as a team, and we did it." said the 28-year-old, who has five points (one goal, four assists) in four career games versus the Rangers as a member of Vegas. Fellow forward Paul Stastny has recorded 15 (four goals, 11 assists) of his 700 career points against the Rangers, including his first goal as a member of the Golden Knights last season.

ABOUT THE RANGERS (13-9-3): New York's back line has made a favorable impression on the offensive end, with Adam Fox registering his first career power-play goal on Saturday to boost his point total to 12 (four goals, eight assists) in his last 14 games. The 21-year-old also became the third rookie defenseman in franchise history to record multiple winning goals over a span of three team games, joining Stan Brown (Jan. 1-6, 1927) and Ron Greschner (Jan. 1-5, 1975). Fellow blue-liner Jacob Trouba notched a pair of assists while logging a game-high 23:55 of ice time against the Devils to increase his point total to six (two goals, four assists) in his last half-dozen contests.

OVERTIME

1. Vegas G Malcolm Subban has started the last three games in place of Marc-Andre Fleury (personal matter), who sports a 33-18-9 record in 61 career games against New York.

2. The Rangers have not allowed a power-play goal in back-to-back games and are 20-for-21 on the penalty kill in their last five contests.

3. Vegas LW Max Pacioretty has collected 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) against New York in his career.

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Madison Square Garden
New York, New York, USA.
Capacity: 18,200

Last Injuries

New York Rangers

  • Marc Staal

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Staal is recovering from surgery for an ankle infection, and it is unclear if he will play against the Ducks on Saturday.

  • Brendan Lemieux

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Lemieux was absent from the lineup during the previous game with an unspecified injury, and it is uncertain if he will play Saturday against the Ducks.

  • Henrik Lundqvist

    Rest
    Doub Thurs | doubtful

    Lundqvist is not expected to take part in Thursday's contest with the Sharks due to a day of rest.

  • Libor Hajek

    Knee
    Early Jan | out

    Hajek has a sprained left knee and will miss three to four weeks of action.

  • Henrik Lundqvist

    Rest
    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Lundqvist is not expected to take part in Sunday's game versus the Golden Knights as he is to be rested.

  • Marc Staal

    Ankle
    Prob Fri | probable

    Staal is recovering from surgery for an ankle infection, but it is expected that he will return Friday against the Canadiens.

  • Greg McKegg

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | out

    McKegg is sidelined due to a lower-body injury, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Jesper Fast

    Undisclosed
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Fast is nursing soreness to an unannounced area, and it is undetermined if he will be in Monday's lineup versus the Golden Knights.

Vegas Golden Knights

  • Nicolas Hague

    Illness
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hague has sat out the last two games with an illness, and it is unclear if he will play against the Canucks on Sunday.

  • Cody Glass

    Head
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Glass has been held out of the previous three games with a head injury, and it is unknown if he will crack Sunday's lineup against the Canucks.

  • Marc-Andre Fleury

    Rest
    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Fleury is not expected to play Sunday against the Rangers due to a day of rest.

  • Cody Eakin

    Head
    Out indefinitely | out

    Eakin sustained an injury to his head. He will likely need a prolonged period to recover.

  • Marc-Andre Fleury

    Personal
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Fleury is away from the team due to a death in the family, but it is expected that he will rejoin the lineup Thursday versus the Islanders.

  • Ryan Reaves

    Ribs
    day-to-day | questionable

    Reaves left Tuesday's game with injured ribs, and it is unclear if he will return.

new-york-rangers Stats 2019-2020

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