The Minnesota Wild look to close out their three-game road trip to the New York-New Jersey area tonight as they play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. No Rick Nash for the Rangers tonight, as he will be out of the lineup amid trade talks before Monday's deadline.
Onto the notes:
Minnesota Wild Projected Lines and Defensive Pairings (via dailyfaceoff)
16 Jason Zucker - 9 Mikko Koivu - 64 Mikael Granlund
63 Tyler Ennis - 12 Eric Staal - 22 Nino Niederreiter
11 Zach Parise - 7 Matt Cullen - 3 Charlie Coyle
17 Marcus Foligno - 14 Joel Eriksson Ek - 26 Daniel Winnik
20 Ryan Suter - 24 Mathew Dumba
36 Nick Seeler - 46 Jared Spurgeon
4 Mike Reilly - 39 Nate Prosser
Starting Goaltender: 40 Devan Dubnyk (24-11-5, 2.61 GAA, .919 SV%, 4 SO)
-Minnesota is 3-5-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.
-Nino Niederreiter and Jared Spurgeon both enter the game two points away from 200 in their career.
-Eric Staal has 17 points (8G-9A) in the past 15 games.
-Matt Dumba has tallied 13 points (3G-10A) from Minnesota's blueline in the past 17 games.
-Devan Dubnyk is 2-3-0 with a 2.64 GAA and .908 save percentage in his career against the Rangers.
New York Rangers Projected Lines and Defensive Pairings (via dailyfaceoff)
26 Jimmy Vesey - 93 Mika Zibanejad - 89 Pavel Buchnevich
10 J.T. Miller - 13 Kevin Hayes - Mats Zuccarello
28 Paul Carey - 51 David Desharnais - 17 Jesper Fast
8 Cody McLeod - 12 Peter Holland - 95 Vinni Lettieri
76 Brady Skjei - 44 Neal Pionk
18 Marc Staal - 77 Anthony DeAngelo
46 Rob O'Gara - 58 John Gilmour
Starting Goaltender: 30 Henrik Lundqvist (23-21-6, 2.89 GAA, .914 SV%, 2 SO)
-Rangers have won five of their last seven home games against Minnesota.
-Mats Zuccarello has tallied six points in the past four games against the Wild.
-New York has registered 30+ shots on goal in each of their past five games.
-In the past six games, the Rangers penalty kill has gone 14 for 15 (93%).
-Henrik Lundqvist's .878 save percentage against Minnesota is the lowest against all 30 NHL teams he has played.
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