Las Vegas–The Vegas Golden Knights continue with their 6-game road trip with their first ever stop over at the world famous “Madison Square Garden” to take on the Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers.
This original six franchise that the Vegas Golden Knights face today is another flagship organization and another pioneer hockey club in the NHL.
They’ve also retired some very elite hockey players over the years from Ed Giacomin, Brian Leetch, Harry Howell, Rod Gilbert, Andy Bathgate, Adam Graves, Mark Messier, and Mike Richter.
The New York Rangers have won 4 Stanley Cup during the teams 91-year history (1928, 1933, 1940, and 1994).
Retired great Messier led the Rangers to their most recent championship in franchise history.
Last season, the New York Rangers finished 48-28-6 with 102 points. This marked the third consecutive campaign where the Rangers collected 100+ points. They made to the second round the Stanley Cup Playoffs where the Ottawa Senators knocked them out 4 games to 2.
In this year’s campaign, the Rangers are currently dead last in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division with 3-7-2 record with 8 points to their credit.
Rumors are circling around the hockey world that Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault is on the hot-seat right now with the organization and it’s been reported by Sportsnet.ca that his fate could be determined by the performance of the team during the matchup against the Golden Knights.
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Forward Mika Zibanejad is the Rangers leader in goals with 7 on the season. Their second best scorer on the team is Pavel Buchnevich with 4 goals.
Their top 3 players with assists currently on the year are forward J.T. Miller with 8, in his first season with the Blueshirts is defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk 7, and veteran Rangers Mats Zuccarello at 6.
Both Zibanejad and Miller are the Rangers co-leaders in points with 10 on the season.
New York Rangers Goaltending Woes
Between the pipes for the Rangers is veteran goaltender a 2011-12 Vezina Trophy Winner Lundqvist.
Lundqvist is having himself a less than a stellar year backstopping the Rangers with a 2-4-0-2 record and has recorded a 3.11 GAA and a .900 save percentage which is his worse career numbers to date since being a member of the Blueshirts.
Their backup netminder Ondrej Pavelec is also having himself a below average year with the Rangers and posted a 1-3-0 record and a GAA of 3.64 with a .887 save percentage.
The Rangers enter this contest against Vegas coming off of a 5-4 loss vs the Montréal Canadiéns this past Saturday night.
With the Golden Knights, their 5 game winning streak was snapped at the hands of the New York Islanders last night by a 6-3 final.
This was the second time this season where Vegas lost by a 6-3 score, the first time was when the Golden Knights hosted Henrik Zetterberg and the Detroit Red Wings at T-Mobile Arena back on October 13.
The Golden Knights enter today’s contest against the Rangers with an 8-2-0 record for 16 points and currently sit in 2nd place in the NHL’s Pacific Division right behind the Los Angeles Kings in the standings.
James Neal is still the team’s leader in goals this season with 7 and Oscar Lindberg is in 2nd place with 4.
For Lindberg, this is first is his time being back to “Madison Square Garden” since being picked up in the Vegas Draft from the past June.
Forwards David Perron, Jonathan Marchessault, Alex Tuch, and William Karlsson are tied in goals with the Golden Knights with 3 each.
For the Golden Knights, they have a new leader in assists on the team in defenseman Brad Hunt who now has 7 on the season. Fellow blueliner Luca Sbisa is in second place with 6.
The team also has a three-way for 3rd place in assists with forwards Reilly Smith and Cody Eakin along with defensemen’s Nate Schmidt and Colin Miller with 5.
Neal still holds the line with the Golden Knights in points with 10, while Perron, Miller, Hunt, and Smith have 7.
With Oscar Dansk injured from last night game against the New York Islanders, it’s looking like Maxime Lagace will be making his first NHL start between the pipes for the Golden Knights tonight while Dylan Ferguson will serve as his backup.
Roster Transaction By The Golden Knights
The Golden Knights has recalled goaltender Ferguson on an emergency basis from the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League. Ferguson is expected to join the team for their game at the New York Rangers on Tuesday at 4 p.m. PT.
Vegas has also put Dansk on IR.
With Golden Knights 5 game winning snapped last night against the New York Islanders, can they bounce back against the New York Rangers tonight and return to the win column, we will have to wait and see.
Official Broadcast Schedule
Tonight’s puck drop is at 4:00 pm PT. Las Vegas / 7:00 pm ET. New York
Television: The matchup will on AT&T SportsNet. This is DIRECTV channel 684, U-verse channels 757 (SD) and 1757 (HD), Cox Cable channels 313 (SD) and 1313 (HD), and CenturyLink channels 760 (SD) and 1760 (HD).
Radio: The radio broadcast is on FOX Sports Radio 98.9 FM/1340 AM.