Rangers take on Golden Knights with a sense of urgency

The New York Rangers are looking to bounce back from a bad overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. As they get set to host the Vegas Golden Knights, who beat them easily last week, the Blueshirts are focused to get back on track.

“We have to make sure we’re playing simple and hard,” center Vincent Trocheck said. “First and foremost, we have to go out there and play with a sense of urgency. It’s always good that we have a sour taste in our mouth after losing to them and getting a second chance.”

New York is 3-5-2 in their last 10 games, which has allowed the Carolina Hurricanes to come within two points of the Rangers first-place lead in the Metro.

Here’s tonight’s game and broadcast info:

New York Rangers (29-15-3) vs Vegas Golden Knights (28-14-6)
Date/Time: January 26, 2024 @ 7:00 PM ET
Arena: Madison Square Garden
TV: ESPN
Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM

Note: Subject to change, updated for each game

New York Rangers projected lineup

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Here are the expected line combinations and pairings based on Thursday’s practice with Igor Shesterkin probable to start:

Kreider – Zibanejad – Wheeler
Panarin – Trocheck – Lafreniere
Cuylle – Brodzinski – Kakko
Vesey – Goodrow – Pitlick

Gustafsson – Fox
Miller – Trouba
Lindgren – Schneider

Shesterkin
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Note: The Rangers will hold a morning skate at 10:30 AM ET at Madison Square Garden. Peter Laviolette will address the media afterwards. Check back for updates.

New York Rangers vs Vegas Golden Knights

The Rangers have two games left before the All-Star Break as they host the Golden Knights on Friday, and then pay a visit to the Ottawa Senators tomorrow.

In the team’s last meeting against Vegas, they started strong but couldn’t beat Logan Thompson. Once the Knights got on the board with two quick strikes late in the first period, the game was essentially over and ended in a 5-1 drubbing.

“If you win a couple of games you can take some positive momentum into the break,” said coach Peter Laviolette. “We’ve got to be focused one game at a time and compete.”

The good news for the Rangers this time around against Vegas is the venue. New York is 15-6-0 at the Garden and have won three of their last four games played on home ice. The Rangers also have points in four of five games at home versus the Golden Knights (2-1-2).

Milestones within reach

  • Mika Zibanejad is 1 point away from 500 with the Rangers
  • Peter Laviolette is one win away from tying Al Arbour for 7th most coaching wins in NHL history

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore