The New York Rangers will look to get their first win on this four-game road trip Friday night as they face Johnny Gaudreau and the Calgary Flames.
New York Rangers 28-29-13
Calgary Flames 43-20-7
Venue: Scotiabank Saddledome
The New York Rangers head to the Scotiabank Saddledome with a 2-3-5 mark over the course of their last 10 games.
On Wednesday, the Blueshirts dropped a 4-1 decision to the Vancouver Canucks. The team had two play minus two forwards due to game misconducts.
Chris Kreider and Brendan Lemieux were both issued five-minute majors and game misconducts in the second period. Kreider was ejected for a nasty elbowing infraction along with Lemieux who was penalized for what appeared to be a clean hit. The newly acquired Ranger was also hit with a match penalty, though the league has since announced that he will not be suspended.
The Rangers defense has played some poor hockey of late and Friday night’s game will not help them. The Calgary Flames have won two consecutive games and are 6-4 in their last 10.
The second place Flames are lead by Johnny hockey, Johnny Gaudreau, who leads Calgary in goals (33) and points (90) in 70 games. The Flames sit one point (93) behind the San Jose Sharks for first place in the Pacific division of the Western Conference.
The Rangers announced that Fredrik Claesson and Boo Nieves would be healthy scratches for the game. Alexandar Georgiev will get the start between the pipes in Alberta.
- Chris Kreider – Mika Zibanejad – Jesper Fast
- Vladislav Namestnikov – Ryan Strome – Filip Chytil
- Brendan Lemieux – Brett Howden – Pavel Buchnevich
- Jimmy Vesey – Lias Andersson –Connor Brickley
- Brady Skjei – Tony DeAngelo
- Brendan Smith – Kevin Shattenkirk
- Marc Staal –Neal Pionk
- Alexandar Georgiev
Following the Calgary game, the team will fly out to Minnesota for a Saturday night contest against the Wild.