The New York Rangers (27-28-12, 66 points) have been on the road and return home tonight for a contest vs. a depleted New Jersey Devils (25-34-9, 59 points) squad before heading to Western Canada. The Blueshirts are in the middle of a six game losing streak, and are 2-2-4 in their last 10 games played. The Devils are 3-6-1 in their last 10, and currently sit 28th (fourth- worst) in the league.
New York last played the Red Wings in which Pavel Buchnevich scored two goals, but the team fell in the shootout.
The Devils were shutout on Friday night 3-0 vs. the Washington Capitals. Marc Staal is battling the flu, and he will be out of the lineup tonight.
#NYR Coach Quinn says Shatty will slot back in and Staal will come out: “He’s a guy who’s played a lot of minutes. He’s been a warrior. Battling the flu, probably shouldn’t have played him the other night, so told him to take the complete day off and he’ll be back in on Monday.”— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) March 9, 2019
With Staal out and Kevin Shattenkirk back in, here are your projected lineups.
New York Rangers
Vladislav Namestnikov — Mika Zibanejad — Jimmy Vesey
Filip Chytil — Ryan Strome — Jesper Fast
Brendan Lemieux — Brett Howden — Pavel Buchnevich
Chris Kreider — Lias Andersson — Boo Nieves
Brady Skjei — Kevin Shattenkirk
Brendan Smith — Tony DeAngelo
Libor Hajek — Neal Pionk
New Jersey Devils
Kenny Agostino — Travis Zajac — Kyle Palmieri
Drew Stafford — Blake Coleman — Stefan Noesen
Nick Lappin — Michael McLeod — Joey Anderson
John Quenneville — Blake Pietila — Kurtis Gabriel
Andy Greene — Damon Severson
Will Butcher — Connor Carrick
Egor Yakovlev — Steven Santini
Please use this as your open game thread, and enjoy the game!