New York Rangers vs. Nashville Predators, 7:30 PM at Madison Square Garden
Where to Watch: NBC Sports Network
Where to Listen: 1050 ESPN Radio
Live In-Game Chat: 7:15 PM on BlueshirtsUnited.com
Tuesday night at The Garden, the Rangers (28-11-4, 60 pts) will look to get healthy---both literally and figuratively---when the host the Nashville Predators (26-15-4, 56 pts). Coming off a disappointing effort in Sunday's 4-1 loss in Montreal, the Rangers---who have lost two of their last three---are seeking a return to their more-disciplined defensive style of play this evening. The Blueshirts are hopeful that their lineup will receive a boost tonight, as well, as it is quite possible that both Brandon Dubinsky and Ruslan Fedotenko will return from injuries. Dubinsky has missed the last three games with a sore shoulder, and is confident he will be able to play against the Predators. Fedotenko sat out Sunday's loss after leaving Saturday's 3-0 victory in Toronto with back spasms and pain. Head coach John Tortorella will make a game-time decision on both Tuesday afternoon. The Rangers enter play tied for first overall in the NHL with both Vancouver and Chicago, and remain a point up on Boston for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Nashville, which has won five games in a row, and eight of their last nine, has surged into sixth place in the Western Conference, only four points out of first place. During their current five-game winning streak---including a 3-1 win on Long Island Monday afternoon, the Preds have allowed only eight goals.
Tonight marks the only meeting this season between the Rangers and Predators. Last season the Blueshirts skated out of Nashville with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Predators, a contest that was tied on Ryan Callahan's goal with 6:56 remaining in regulation and won on Erik Christensen's shootout tally. The Rangers have played only 15 games in their history against Nashville, posting a 7-5-1-2 record.
"This team is a clone of us. They're a hard-working, structured hockey club. The goaltending is very, very good. Their power play is very, very good. They're a good hockey team that is playing at a pretty good clip right now. So if that's not enough to get you ready to play after how we played in Montreal then I will worry."-John Tortorella
By The Numbers
In 20 career regular-season games against the Nashville Predators, Rangers center Brad Richards has recorded 23 points, including 18 assists.
Barry Trotz remains the only head coach in Nashville Predators history. He has coached all 1,029 regular season games in franchise history, and is currently the second-longest tenured coach in the NHL behind Buffalo's Lindy Ruff.
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