Time: 7:30 pm Eastern Time
Location: Madison Square Garden
Opponent SBNation Site: Blueshirt Banter
After playing three games at Amalie Arena, the Tampa Bay Lightning are heading to the New York area to face local teams. The first stop is at the Madison Square Garden.
The Lightning ended their first 10 games of the season with 5-3-2, given the complicated schedule and lots of road games it’s not optimal but an acceptable start. Overall the team look solid at 5v5 but special units remain at mediocre level. Another concern is an increased number of unnecessary penalty calls.
In Monday’s practice line combinations stayed the same as it was against the Nashville Predators, but power play units have been mixed up again. The biggest change is Brayden Point returning to the first unit.
#Bolts have switched up their power-play units again:— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) October 28, 2019
PP1: Hedman, Stamkos, Kuchrov, Palat & Point
PP2: Shattenkirk, Sergachev, Killorn, Johnson & Maroon
Things are not going as expected for the New York Rangers. The team have been very active during the offseason, giving big contracts to such names as Artemi Panarin and Jacob Trouba and signing very promising prospects like Kaapo Kakko and Vitali Kravtsov. They have had a very fast start with two wins, but lost five out of six following games.
The second pick of the latest draft, Kakko, is still adapting to a professional level and Kravtsov, after being sent down to the AHL and spending couple of games on the bench, decided to use his European Assignment Clause and returned to the KHL. Things are getting even more complicated due to Mika Zibanejad injury, which happened in the last game against the Boston Bruins after a reverse hit by Patrice Bergeron. This could be a very big loss for the Rangers, as Zibanejad leads the team in points. Henrik Lundqvist has also left the game early. Both players are still listed as day-to-day, but the Rangers have recalled forward Filip Chytil and defenceman Ryan Lindgren. It also was announced that Alexandar Georgiev will play in the net against the Lightning.
Even after trading Vladislav Namestnikov, there are some familiar faces on the Rangers roster: former Lightning draft picks Brett Howden and Libor Hajek became regular players for the Rangers this season. It will be also first game against his previous team for Kevin Shattenkirk.
During the last season, the Rangers lost all three games to the Lightning. The last Rangers victory dates back to November 2, 2017, almost two years ago.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Steven Stamkos - Tyler Johnson - Mathieu Joseph
Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Yanni Gourde
Patrick Maroon - Cedric Paquette - Luke Witkowski
Scratched: Carter Verhaeghe
Victor Hedman - Erik Cernak
Ryan McDonagh - Kevin Shattenkirk
Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev
Scratched: Jan Rutta
New York Rangers
Artemi Panarin - Ryan Strome - Pavel Buchnevich
Chris Kreider- Filip Chytil - Kaapo Kakko
Brendan Lemieux - Brett Howden - Greg McKegg
Michael Haley - Lias Andersson - Brendan Smith
Brady Skjei - Anthony DeAngelo
Libor Hajek - Jacob Trouba
Marc Staal - Adam Fox
Scratched: Ryan Lindgren
Injured: Mika Zibanejad, Henrik Lundqvist, Jesper Fast,