NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, February 26th
(All times Eastern)
Winnipeg Jets (8-9-1) at New York Rangers (8-7-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Winnipeg Jets will try to close out an already
successful road trip with another victory, as they visit the sliding New York
Rangers for Tuesday's clash at Madison Square Garden.
The Jets entered their five-game swing with a 2-3-1 mark on the road, but have
earned wins in three of four tilts to begin the trip. The lone loss came
Saturday in Philadelphia, but Winnipeg rebounded the following day with a 4-2
decision in New Jersey.
Evander Kane scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Andrew Ladd
added an insurance tally in the third to help the Jets beat New Jersey and
improve to 5-4-1 as the road team this season. Last year, Winnipeg went
14-22-5 as the road club and that poor away record contributed greatly to the
Jets missing the playoffs.
"It's not easy to win on the road in this league," Ladd said. "It's been nice
so far. We got another one to go, and we would sure like to finish it off with
Grant Clitsome and Zach Bogosian also scored for the Jets, who got 24 saves
from Ondrej Pavelec in a winning effort.
Kane has recorded a point in seven straight games, giving him the longest
current point streak in the NHL. He has four goals and three assists during
The Jets could be without defenseman Dustin Byfuglien on Tuesday after he left
Sunday's contest late with a lower-body issue. However, Byfuglien did partake
in the team's optional skate on Monday and should be considered questionable
for the game against the Rangers.
The Rangers enter Tuesday on a three-game skid and the club was shut out in
its most recent trip to the ice, losing Saturday's 3-0 decision in Montreal.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price needed to make only 17 saves to record the
shutout at Bell Centre. Rangers goaltender Martin Biron made a rare start in
place of Henrik Lundqvist and stopped just 15-of-18 shots.
New York is in the midst of its longest losing streak of the season and has
mustered a total of three goals during the three-game slide. Injured sniper
Rick Nash has missed all three games during the slump with an undisclosed
injury and is expected to sit out a fourth straight contest on Tuesday.
"We have to try to gain some confidence," said Rangers head coach John
Tortorella after Saturday's loss. "We have to stabilize ourselves and win a
couple, but we can't fall into a panic mode."
Along with Nash, the Rangers were without forward Arron Asham (back spasms)
for a second straight game as well as defenseman Michael Del Zotto, who hurt
his hip in Thursday's loss at Ottawa. In addition, defenseman Ryan McDonagh
exited Saturday's contest in the second period after being slammed into the
boards by Montreal's Max Pacioretty, while Dan Girardi left with 1:12 left
after taking a shot off his foot.
Girardi, del Zotto and forward Darrol Powe, who sat out the last three games
with a concussion, are all expected to play on Tuesday. McDonagh is
questionable, while Asham is expected to miss the contest along with Nash.
The Rangers are 6-3-1 as the host this season and are beginning a four-game
homestand on Tuesday.
New York has won its last four games against the Jets and Winnipeg has lost
its last two tilts at MSG.
02/26 10:31:21 ET