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Game Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers
Sunday December 29, 7:00 PM EST


Rangers head South


Rangers head South

GAME PREVIEW

 

New York Rangers @ Tampa Bay Lightning

 

Date:              Sunday December 29, 2013

 

Time:             7:00 PM EST

 

Arena:                        Tampa Bay Times Forum

 

Current Standings:

New York Rangers:              18 – 19 – 2 , 5th in Metropolitan,  10th in Conference

Tampa Bay Lightning:         23 – 11 – 3, 2nd in Atlantic, 3rd in Conference

 

Preview:

            The New York Rangers return to the ice tomorrow in sunny Florida for an evening matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Following a disappointing 3 – 2 third period loss to the Washington Capitals last night, the Blueshirts will look to rebound and regain the .500 mark in a tight division and even tighter wild card position.

A few key changes for New York include the return of “The King” Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes, after three stellar outings by backup rookie Cam Talbot. Despite Talbot’s strong play, the Rangers need to gain momentum on the back of their franchise player in Lundqvist, which Head Coach Alain Vigneault hopes starts in Tampa Bay.

Following the early injury to defender Anton Stralman during the last game, the Rangers recalled rookie defender Conor Allen from Hartford. With bruising defenseman Dylan McIlrath sidelined with a knee injury (the same knee that kept him at bay for almost all of last season), Allen has stepped up in his place and earned the right to try his luck at the NHL level.

Stralman remains day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

Some positive news as well out of the Garden is the pending return to oft-injured defenseman Marc Staal. Reports are Staal has been skating and may make an appearance back in the lineup on the road trip. While it’s doubtful Staal returns for the Tampa Bay game, it is an outside possibility that the Rangers could dress seven defensemen.

As for their opponent, the Lightning have exceeded expectations this season and have established themselves as a legitimate threat within the conference.

Led by veteran sniper Martin St. Louis and a resurgent Valtteri Filppula, the Lightning have climbed the standings and sit comfortably in second place in the Atlantic Division.

Continuing their strong play and coming of age is center Steven Stamkos and defenseman Victor Hedman. Each has grown into their roles and are no longer rookie status, but rather established NHL players.

In goal, the Lightning have been backstopped by Ben Bishop with a solid 1.93 GAA and three shutouts.

Posted by Dan Akeson | December 28, 2013 at 06:37 pm
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