New York Rangers vs. Winnipeg Jets, 7:00 PM at Madison Square Garden
Where To Watch: MSG 2
Where To Listen: 970-AM The Apple
Live In-Game Chat: 6:45 PM on BlueshirtsUnited.com
In their final game before the five-day All Star break the Rangers (30-12-4, 64 pts) look to finish this portion of the schedule in strong fashion when they host the Winnipeg Jets (22-21-6, 50 pts) Tuesday night at The Garden. The Rangers also want to follow up their gritty 3-2 overtime win up in Boston against the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins on Saturday with a similar effort, and head into the break with a pair of solid victories after a somewhat up-and-down past couple of weeks that has seen the team post a 3-3-0 record in its last six games. Marian Gaborik heas into play this evening with a four-game point scoring streak after scoring a pair of goals, including the game-winner with 3.6 seconds left in overtime, on Saturday. Gaborik's linemate, rookie Carl Hagelin, has produced points in three straight games after earning an assist on Gaborik's first goal Saturday. Defenseman Ryan McDonagh will be able to play Tuesday despite absorbing a punishing, and illegal, hit from behind that knocked him out of Saturday's overtime period. Winnipeg enters play battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. With 50 points the Jets, who just two weeks ago were in first place in the Southeast Division, sit in tenth place in the East, just three points behind Washington for the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference. Monday night the Jets dropped a 2-1 decision in Raleigh to the Hurricanes, with Kyle Wellwood scoring Winnipeg's lone goal. The Jets, who are without Evander Kane (concussion) are 3-7-1 in the month of January.
This is the third of four meetings this season between the Rangers and Jets. The Blueshirts have won each of the first two matches, skating to a 2-1 road win on October 24th while shutting out Winnipeg 3-0 at The Garden on November 6th. Martin Biron has started both games in goal for the Rangers against the Jets so far this season, stopping a combined 50 of 51 shots. The shutout on November 6th was Biron's first of two so far in 2011-12, and his first as a New York Ranger. The Blueshirts are 3-for-11 on the power play this season against Winnipeg.
"This is all we have ahead of us right now, the game against Winnipeg, so we are going to be laying it on the line (Tuesday) night, just like we did in Boston and like we try to do every night. But there is nothing else on our minds right now. It's all about the Winnipeg game."-Brian Boyle
By The Numbers
Gaborik's game-winning goal Saturday came on the power play and was the Rangers' first in eight games with the man advantage. The Blueshirts had been 0-for-16 on the power play before his goal, and one for the previous 29 dating back to December 26th.
Dan Girardi earned the 100th assist of his NHL career Saturday in Boston, picking up the secondary helper on Gaborik's first goal. Girardi has 13 assists so far this season. His career-high is 27, achieved last season, and he has had three seasons of picking up 18 assists each.
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