New York Rangers vs. Winnipeg Jets, 7:00 PM at MTS Centre
Where To Watch: MSG Plus
Where To Listen: 1130-AM, Bloomberg Radio
Live In-Game Chat: 6:45 PM on BlueshirtsUnited.com
After a pair of one-goal victories in Toronto and Minnesota, the Rangers (48-21-7, 103 pts) look for a complete sweep of their three-game road trip tonight when they skate against the desperate Winnipeg Jets (35-33-8, 78 pts) at the MTS Centre. The Rangers will also be looking to build on their current three-point lead over the Penguins for first place in the Eastern Conference. Tuesday night the Rangers eaked out a 3-2 victory over the Wild on Ruslan Fedotenko's goal late in the third period, while the Penguins were bein defeated by the Islanders 5-3---boosting the Blueshirts lead to three points with six games left to play. As the Rangers seek secondary scoring from their lineup heading towards the playoffs, the line of Brian Boyle-Brandon Dubinsky-Ruslan Fedotenko played a big role in Tuesday's win, accounting for two of the three goals scored by the Blueshirts (Boyle and Fedotenko). Boyle now has two goals in his last three games; and Dubinsky, who assisted on Boyle's goal, has five points (2-3-5) in his last five matches. Overall the Rangers have won two straight and four of their last five games. The Jets, meanwhile, are fighting for their playoff lives. Winnipeg sits in tenth place in the Eastern Conference and is now eight points behind th red-hot Buffalo Sabres for the final playoff seed with six games to play. So the Jets will be a desperate team this evening, and they are also a solid team on home ice where they have built an impressive 23-12-4 mark at the MTS Centre this season. Overall, though, they have lost four of their last five games---including two straight on home ice.
This is the fourth and final meeting this season between the Rangers and Jets, with the Rangers seeking a season series sweep, having won both games played at Madison Square Garden and the October 24th contest in Winnipeg. The Rangers have surrendered only one goal in three games to the Jets, shutting them out twice at The Garden---one backstopped by Henrik Lundqvist, the other by Martin Biron. In fact the Rangers have outscored Winnipeg 8-1 so far in the season series. Biron has started and won two of the three games, posting a .980 save percentage and 0.50 goals against average.
"We are fighting for as many points as we can get. Each game we want those two points. That's been our approach all year. We are not looking at the standings, or Pittsburgh (losing last night). We just want as many points as we can get when it's all said and done."-Brian Boyle
By The Numbers
A win tonight by the Rangers would give the team 105 points on the season, equaling the fourth-highest total in franchise history---tying the 1991-92 team. The 112 points accumulated by the Stanley Cup winning team of 1993-94 is still the highwater mark for the Rangers organization.
Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec, who has had a strong season, has gone 1-4-0 with an unsightly 4.18 goals against average as Winnipeg has lost four of its last five games.
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