The New York Rangers are on a winning streak having strung three consecutive victories together. Tonight against the Winnipeg Jets they will attempt to win a fourth in a row. The Jets are one of the best teams in the NHL and sit in second place of the Central Division with a record of 39-17-9 and 87 points.
Offensively they are led by Blake Wheeler (18-56-74 in 65 GP), Patrik Laine (35-23-58 in 65 GP), Mark Scheifele (21-30-51 in 49 GP) and Nikolaj Ehlers (25-25-50 in 65 GP). Connor Hellebuyck is having a fantastic season in goal and has a record of 34-10-8 with a 2.40 goals-against average and .922 save percentage, but he will serve as the backup tonight.
Steve Mason will start for the Jets tonight. #GoJetsGo— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) March 6, 2018
Mason is 3-6-1 with a 3.52 goals-against average and .897 save percentage this season.
The Rangers will be without Mika Zibanejad, flu, and David Desharnais will move up in the lineup and skate with Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich. Here is how the rest of the lines look.
#NYR lines (no Zibanejad)— Matt Calamia (@MattCalamia) March 6, 2018
Kreider - Desharnais - Buchnevich
Vesey - Namestnikov - Zuccarello
Spooner - Hayes - Fast
Carey - Holland - McLeod
Skjei - Gilmour
Staal - Pionk (Shattenkirk rotating)
O’Gara - DeAngelo
Kevin Shattenkirk has missed the last 20 games, knee surgery for torn meniscus in his left knee, but skated in practice on Tuesday. He is close to returning.
AV also said Kevin Shattenkirk is on the verge of returning. He was scheduled to make the trip to Tampa Bay and Florida, but with the impending weather that plan is up in the air, as the team's travel plans have been moved up.— Colin Stephenson (@ColinASteph) March 6, 2018
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