GDT: 01/08 • Tampa Bay Lightning @ New York Rangers • 7 PM • MSG
Rangers looking to find their way out of a 3 game losing streak when they go head to head with the declining Tampa Bay Lightning.....
The New York Rangers look to avoid matching their longest losing streak of the season Tuesday night when they host the last-place Tampa Bay Lightning, owners of the worst road record in the NHL.
The Rangers (20-17-5) ended a three-game western Canada road trip with only one point after losing 3-2 in a shootout to Edmonton on Saturday. They last dropped four in a row from Oct. 13-23.
"In our three road games here somehow the puck seems to bounce the wrong way for us," Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said. "We are playing well, but we aren't getting the results. And that's what matters right now. We need the points. We need to keep working hard and hopefully it turns around."
Jagr has 10 points in five games against the Lightning in New York.
Lundqvist has also been better at home, going 13-7-0 with a 1.83 goals-against average and five shutouts in 20 games. Overall, he has recorded 12 of his 13 career shutouts with a 2.04 GAA in 87 games at MSG. Lundqvist is 4-0-1 with a 0.99 GAA and a shutout in five home meetings against Tampa Bay.
The Lightning, losers of 10 of their last 11 (1-8-2), are looking to snap a season-high seven-game losing streak (0-5-2). They haven't lost eight in a row since a 10-game slide from Jan. 12-29, 2001.
Tampa Bay's skid continued with a 4-3 overtime loss at Ottawa on Saturday. The Lightning led for the majority of the game until the Senators got a turnover off a discarded stick that led to the game-tying goal in the third period.
"That's the way it's going right now for us, but don't pity us. We can't have any self-pity," Lightning coach John Tortorella said.
Judging from what has been said, it certainly looks that way, but only for one game maybe, because Prucha was said to be stationed in the third line and Moore is taking Shanahan's spot on the second line, it'd be vice-versa if it were long term I'd think.
If he does make his way into the lineup, expect Moore to be scratched probably.
Its a team they should beat, at home - no questions asked.
Then the real test starts. I won't be satisfied unless they win tonight and then get another 10 out of a possible 16 points. Unfortunately- i just dont see that happening, especially with Straka out now.
some very tough games ahead. Philly, Montreal, Pens, Sabres and Bruins and Thrashers twice each.
This is the first game I'll be in MSG since the year before last!!
LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!
BTW, just makin sure, from Grand Central, its the 7 to the A, correct?
You can take the 7 to 42nd street but it's a long walk to the A train. The easier route is to get the 1 train at 42nd and take that to 34th.
As for the game, it will hopefully help that they are back at home. Tampa Bay is really struggling right now, so hopefully we can beat two of their teams in 3 days.
This begins a stretch where we really need to start making a move. The road trip was bad, but we can rebound and we need to take some of these home games this week. It will also be good to have Dawes back, I think that will only help. And maybe Prucha can finally start putting some good games together as well.