Vancouver Canucks at New York Rangers: Preview, Lineups

The Vancouver Canucks try to end a nine-game losing skid when they visit the New York Rangers tonight.

For the Vancouver Canucks, one problem was solved, and then another has been created.

After struggling to put pucks into the opponents’ net for most of the season, they’ve scored five goals in their last two games, but have surrendered 10. That has increased their losing streak to nine games now.

Things won’t get any easier as they visit the New York Rangers, a team that’s played surprisingly well, given that many thought that last season was their last shot at the Cup with this core.

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New York Rangers

OVERVIEW:

2016-17 Record: 10-3

Home Record: 8-1

2015-16 Record vs. (Canucks): 1-1

Goals For: 55

Goals Against: 29

Power Play: 22.7% (8th)

Penalty Kill: 83.3 (12th)

Leading Scorers: J.T. Miller (13GP –– 5G –– 8A –– 13PTS), Kevin Hayes (13GP– –6G –– 6A –– 12PTS), Chris Kreider (9GP ––3G –– 7A– – 10PTS).

Injuries: None.

WHO’’S ON OFFENCE:

J.T. Miller: The 23-year-old leads the Blueshirts in scoring so far with 13 points. Miller has evolved as the Rangers top scorer as veterans Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello take steps back.

Kevin Hayes: The 6-5 winger has brought a lot of size an scoring to the Rangers, a weakness that was exposed in the playoffs last season. Hayes is helping the Rangers inject a youth movement as the veterans lose some speed.

WHO’’S ON DEFENCE:

Ryan McDonagh: He has nine assists with a plus-four rating. McDonagh continues to shine on a loaded Rangers backend.

WHO’’S IN NET:

Henrik Lundqvist: He remains the backbone of this team with a 7-3 record. Despite being 34 years of age, Lundqvist remains one of the NHL’s few elite goalies.

PROJECTED LINEUP:

Jimmy Vesey —– Derek Stepan — — Rick Nash
Chris Kreider —– Mika Zibanejad— — Mats Zuccarello
Michael Grabner—– Kevin Hayes — — J.T. Miller
Pavel Buchnevich —– Brandon Pirri— — Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh –— Dan Girardi
Marc Staal –— Nick Golden
Brady Skjei –— Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist
Antti Raanta

Away Team

OVERVIEW:

2016-17 Record: 4-8-1

Away Record: 0-5-1

2015-16 Record vs. (Rangers): 1-0-1

Goals For: 22

Goals Against: 38

Power Play: 9.8% (28th)

Penalty Kill: 85.8% (eighth)

Leading Scorers: Daniel Sedin (13GP –– 4G –– 2A –– 6PTS), Henrik Sedin (13GP –– 4G –– 2A –– 6PTS) Jannik Hansen  (12GP –– 4G –– 2A –– 6PTS).

Injuries: Jannik Hansen (shoulder, indefinite), Chris Tanev (lower body, indefinite), Anton Rodin (knee, day-to-day), Jayson Megna (week-to-week).

WHO’’S ON OFFENCE:

Daniel Sedin: He’s tied for the team lead in scoring, but that’s not saying much. He has just six points in 13 games.

Henrik Sedin: The Canucks captain is also struggling to score, despite being a shoe-in for 60 points each year. Still, the Sedins are always a threat each time they’re on the ice.

WHO’’S ON DEFENCE:

Erik Gudbranson: With Tanev and Edler hurt, Gudbranson is the lone standout on the defence. He doesn’t score much, but he’s a force in his own end.

WHO’’S IN NET:

Jacob Markstrom: Don’t let the stats fool you, Markstrom is standing on his head each night. It’s a surprise he hasn’t won the starter’s job yet.

PROJECTED LINEUP:

Daniel Sedin — Henrik Sedin — Loui Eriksson
Markus Granlund — Brandon Sutter — Sven Baertschi
Alex Burrows — Bo Horvat— — Jack Skille
Michael Chaput — Brendan Gaunce — Derek Dorsett

Alex Edler — Troy Stecher
Ben Hutton — Erik Gudbranson
Luca Sbisa — Nikita Tryamkin

Ryan Miler
Jacob Markstrom

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