Jets look for two in a row at home
Sunday, 10.23.2011 / 6:30 PM
NHL.comFROM THE MORNING SKATE
The Jets will look to add another one to the win column tonight as they host the New York Rangers at the MTS Centre. The Rangers are coming off of a 2-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers and are 2-2-2 through six games this season, all coming on the road.
will make his season debut as a Jet tonight after being on the IR with a lower body injury for the last seven games. Jim Slater
will be questionable tonight as he is day-to-day and was not on the ice during the pre-game skate. Ben Maxwell
will slide into his spot playing with Tanner Glass
and Chris Thorburn
In addition, Derek Meech
and Brett MacLean
will not be in the lineup tonight.
will get the call in net for the Jets after making 18 saves in relief for the win against the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night.
On the other side, Brendan Bell & Erik Christensen are out while Wojtek Wolski and Jeff Woywitka will be in. Martin Biron will get the start for the Rangers as Henrik Lundqvist left with a sore foot Saturday against the Oilers and will be unavailable to play tonight.
RANGERS (2-2-2) at JETS (2-4-1)
TV: MSG, TSN-JETS
: This is the first of four meetings between the teams. The Atlanta Thrashers won three of the four showdowns last season, including a 3-0 decision at Madison Square Garden on April 7.
: Will Henrik Lundqvist be ready to play? The Rangers' world-class goaltender was forced to leave Saturday's 2-0 loss at Edmonton due to pain in his left foot. Including the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Lundqvist has started each of the Rangers' last 37 games. He has a 1.82 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in New York's first six contests this season.
"It's all taken care of," Lundqvist told the New York Post after skating with the Rangers on Sunday. "I'm on my second pair of skates this season, I changed them after we came back from Europe, and there was just a problem there that built up a little bit.
"By the third period, I was thinking so much about my foot, my skate and the pain that I just couldn't focus on the puck, and if I'm not doing that I can't play my game, so that's why I came out."
: It started it's four-game Western swing with impressive back-to-back wins at Vancouver and Calgary, but New York struggled mightily in Edmonton on Saturday night. The Rangers mustered only 14 shots on goal and barely tested Nikolai Khabibulin, who was credited with the shutout.
"We (stunk) from head to toe," said Rangers coach John Tortorella, who declined to take questions from the media after the loss. "We need to move by it."
: Winnipeg managed to bounce back from Thursday's 4-1 loss at Ottawa with a 5-3 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at the MTS Centre. Ondrej Pavalec struggled and was pulled in favor of Chris Mason
, who calmed things down and stopped 18 of 19 shots. Jim Slater
, Andrew Ladd
and Evander all scored in the second period to help the Jets pull away.
"I thought we did a really nice job," Winnipeg coach Claude Noel said. "There was a real urgency to win the game, which is what we needed to win the game."
: Rangers winger Marian Gaborik has 4 goals in six games, while newcomer Brad Richards has a goal and 4 assists. … Jets center Alexander Burmistrov
, a second-year pro, has 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) and a plus-3 rating in seven games.
: New York is expected to be without Marc Staal (concussion), Michael Sauer (shoulder) and Wojtek Wolski (groin). Mike Rupp (knee) left Sunday's practice and is questionable. … Ron Hainsey
(upper body), Eric Fehr
(shoulder), Aaron Gagnon
(undisclosed) and Kenndal McArdle
(foot) will likely all be out for Winnipeg.
: This marks the Rangers' first trip to Winnipeg since Nov. 17, 1995, when the Jets earned a 6-3 victory. … The Jets are 0-4-1 when they allow a power-play goal and 2-0-0 when they do not.
: "He is going to be an impact player in junior, and with that comes the pressures of leading a team, and the expectations of producing all the time. Those are the kinds of things that when he becomes a National Hockey League player, things like that are going to be his responsibility all the time." -- Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff on returning Mark Scheifele to the OHL