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Preview: Rangers come to town after a big win

Los Angeles Kings v New York Rangers Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

How to Watch

Game Time: 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time

TV: Fox Sports West

Radio: iHeart Radio

The Opposition: Blueshirt Banter

What to Watch

  • Did you know the Rangers have a goaltender not named Henrik Lundqvist? Alexandar Georgiev, playing in his third season in North America, has won four of his last five starts, with the only loss coming on a last-minute goal allowed to the Montreal Canadiens. Two of those wins were shutouts; Georgiev shut out the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday and has generally kept the Rangers competitive when he’s between the pipes. Henrik Lundqvist is slated to start tonight, after missing Sunday’s game due to a back issue, but if Lundqvist falters at all, the man skating on to relieve him could very easily shut the door on the Kings for the remainder of the game.
  • For Kings fans, this will be their first look at Kaapo Kakko, the number two overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Kakko has had a quiet season to date as he adjusts to the NHL, recording six goals and seven assists over 27 games. He hasn’t scored since November 12, when he scored twice against Pittsburgh, though he does have three assists in his last five games.
  • Because it always comes up, here’s who’s still looking for their first goal of the season on the Rangers: 21-year old defenseman Libor Hajek, who has sat out the last two Rangers games as an apparent healthy scratch and most likely will not draw in tonight, either.
  • The Rangers are excellent on the road with a record of 7-5-1, so maybe the Kings can take a few lessons from them? Get a few tips during a TV timeout? I don’t know, guys, I’m desperate for this team to figure out how to play on the road.
  • The Rangers take few shots, allow many, and can’t always stop the puck from going into their own net. The Kings take many shots, allow few, and can’t always stop the puck from going into their own net. This feels like a game somehow bound to end 6-5 in overtime.
  • Nikolai Prokhorkin is apparently out of the lineup tonight. No word if this is just a regular coach’s decision, a precaution, or if he may still be feeling the after-effects of the non-penalized, non-fined, non-anythinged head contact from Zac Rinaldo in Calgary.


Los Angeles Kings

Iafallo -- Kopitar -- Brown
Carter -- Amadio -- Toffoli
Kempe -- Lizotte -- Wagner
Clifford -- Lewis -- Luff

Ryan -- Doughty
MacDermid -- Walker
Hutton -- Roy


New York Rangers

Panarin — Zibanejad — Kakko
Kreider — Chytil — Strome
Lemieux — Howden — Buchnevich
Smith — McKegg — Fast

Skjei — Trouba
Staal — DeAngelo
Lindgren — Fox