New York Rangers lineup vs Preds sans Vitali Kravtsov; Halak starts

The New York Rangers lineup will once again be without forward Vitali Kravtsov as he’s out with a stomach bug versus the Predators in Nashville on Saturday night.

It’s a shame that the 22 year-old forward will be out after a solid game on Thursday in Detroit that saw him register his first point of the season (an assist).

“He’s got the flu today and he doesn’t feel too well right now,” Gerard Gallant said. “The whole team played well (last game) but he had some good scoring chances.”

The coach was not sure whether Ryan Reaves or Ryan Carpenter would be replacing him for tonight. In addition, there’s no word on Kravtsov’s availability for tomorrow’s game at home against the Arizona Coyotes.

Here’s tonight’s game and broadcast info:

New York Rangers (7-5-3) vs. Nashville Predators (5-8-1)
Date/Time: November 12, 2022 at 8:00 PM ET
Arena: Bridgestone Arena
TV: MSG
Radio: ESPN 98.7

New York Rangers injury report:

Vitali Kravtsov: Stomach Flu (Day-toDay)

Update: Per Newday’s Colin Stephenson, Kravtsov has a tooth infection

New York Rangers lineup vs Predators

new york rangers predators
Oct 21, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Matt Benning (5) is hit by New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Gallant did confirm that Jaroslav Halak would be in net for this matchup. With a back-to-back set, Igor Shesterkin should start versus the Arizona Coyotes at MSG on Sunday night.

Halak, 37, is 0-3-1 on the season and desperately looking for his first win as a member of the Blueshirts. He’s sporting a 3.48 GAA and an .882 SV%. The netminder’s last game was his best as he stopped 33 of 36 in a 3-2 OT loss to the Red Wings at the Garden on November 6.

“He’s played real well,” the coach said. “Three out of the four games he gave us a chance to win every one of them. He’s a good veteran goalie and deserves better.”

For his career against the Predators, Halak is 15-4-6 with a GAA of 1.99 and a .927 SV%.

Here’s the projected lines:

  • Kreider – Zibanejad – Vesey
  • Panarin – Trocheck – Gauthier
  • Lafrenière – Chytil – Kakko
  • Blais – Goodrow – Reaves
  • Lindgren – Fox
  • Miller – Trouba
  • Hajek – Schneider
  • Halak
  • Shesterkin

Rangers Game Notes

  • NYR all-time vs Predators 17-12-1-2
  • NYR have won four of their last five in Nashville
  • NYR are tied for third in goals-per-game on the road with 4.17
  • Filip Chytil is 1 point away from 100 in his career

NHL News and Rumors

NHL Recaps. All the latest scores here.

NHL Rumors: St. Louis Blues big trade chips. Read more.

NHL Trade Bait Tracker: Top 20 trade candidates. Read more.