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Rangers vs. Golden Knights Open Thread

NHL: Vegas Golden Knights at New York Rangers Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers are back in action this afternoon against the Vegas Golden Knights. The Rangers are coming off of a disappointing 4-3 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes. On the other hand, the Golden Knights are also coming off a disappointing Friday night loss after going up 3-0 to the New Jersey Devils and eventually losing 5-4 in overtime.

There are a few lineup changes. First, Adam McQuaid is slotting back into the lineup after being sidelined with a core injury. Based on yesterday’s practice, Brendan Smith once again is the odd man out on defense.

Up front there will be some changes as well. Lias Andersson returns after being a healthy scratch against Arizona on Friday, and Boo Nieves who was recalled from Hartford yesterday joins the lineup. Kevin Hayes is a game time decision after colliding into the boards in the third period.

Along with Hayes, the Rangers were also without Mika Zibanejad, and Matt Beleskey in practice yesterday. If not Hayes, one of them could be missing hence both Nieves and Andersson playing.

The Rangers were also without Jesper Fast in practice yesterday, who the team announced will be out two-to-four weeks with an upper body injury. Fast has bounced around the top-nine this season and leaves a hole on the wing. With him out that’s one slot for one of the two centers to fill today. His absence gives both Nieves and Andersson a chance to prove themselves in this lineup over the next few weeks.

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