Open Game Thread: Rangers vs Canucks

Having won seven of their last eight games, the New York Rangers are heading in to Rogers Arena tonight looking to avenge their lone loss against the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver handed New York a 5-3 loss at Madison Square Garden one week ago, and the Rangers will look to return the favor and extend their winning streak to three games. New York's line combos are as follows:

Michael Grabner-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash

J.T. Miller-Mika Zibanejad-Mats Zuccarello

Jimmy-Vesey-Kevin Hayes-Jesper Fast

Oscar Lindberg-Cristoval Nieves-Brandon Pirri


Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi

Marc Staal-Brady Skjei

Nick Holden-Kevin Klein


Henrik Lundqvist

Meanwhile, Vancouver will look to counter the Rangers' high powered offense with the following combinations:

Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Brandon Sutter

Sven Baertschi-Bo Horvat-Alex Burrows

Loui Eriksson-Markus Granlund-Derek Dorsett

Brendan Gaunce-Michael Chaput-Jack Skille


Alex Edler-Troy Stecher

Erik Gudbranson-Ben Hutton

Luca Sbisa-Nikita Tryamkin


Jacob Markstrom

Player To Watch: Since he's making his NHL debut tonight, Cristoval "Boo" Nieves is the player to watch for tonight's game. While Nieves has primarily had a reputation as a swift skating defensive center, he'll be skating on an offensive minded 4th Line with fellow centers Oscar Lindberg and Brandon Pirri tonight. Look for him to be active throughout the game as he attempts to make a good first impression at the NHL level.

Prediction: The Rangers' rookies lead the team to victory tonight, with Kevin Hayes, Brady Skjei, and Jimmy Vesey all recording points in a 4-2 win.

Enjoy the game!