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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:52 AM

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

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Winnipeg Jets vs. New York Rangers

The New York Rangers hope to end a successful homestand by beating a franchise they've lost five straight to at Madison Square Garden.

The Winnipeg Jets are struggling to stay healthy as they continue their longest road trip of the season.

The Rangers will try to win their fourth straight overall Sunday night when they host the Jets, who hope to have leading scorer Nik Antropov back in the lineup.

This is the second meeting between these teams after New York (6-3-3) won 2-1 at Winnipeg on Oct. 24. However, the Rangers are 0-3-2 in their last five home games against the Jets franchise, giving up 19 goals in those contests to the then-Atlanta Thrashers.

Ending that losing streak would cap an excellent first homestand for the Rangers, who are 3-1-1 on home ice after opening the season with seven straight road games while renovations for MSG were completed.

New York won its third straight with a 5-3 victory over Montreal on Saturday. Twelve Rangers recorded at least one point, and the goals were scored by five different players.

The Rangers scored three times in a first period during which they outshot the Canadiens 16-3. They prevailed despite a woeful 1-for-9 performance on the power play, dropping them to 7 for 53 (13.2 percent) for the season with the man advantage.

"This group has been taught that if you just take care of a couple of details at the right time - like a blocked shot or getting the puck out of the zone - you'll get through it," said center Brad Richards, who scored his fourth goal Saturday. "We've found ways to do that this year, and it's equaled wins."

While the Rangers will be playing on back-to-back nights, so will Winnipeg (5-6-2), which may have additional reason for fatigue as it enters the sixth contest of a seven-game road trip with a depleted lineup.

After their first back-to-back wins of the season, the Jets suffered a 3-2 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. They had 23 shots on goal - their second-fewest of the season - and trailed 2-0 before goals by Mark Flood and Jim Slater tied the game in the third period.

However, Ondrej Pavelec gave up the game-winning tally to New Jersey's Adam Henrique 1:28 into the extra session.

"It's tough to lose in overtime, but we can take some good out of it, like battling back after being down 2-0," said Flood, whose goal was his first in eight NHL games over two seasons. "There are some positives."

It didn't help that the Jets were without Antropov, who injured his hand against the New York Islanders on Thursday. It's uncertain if the team leader with 11 points will play Sunday.

Winnipeg placed defenseman Tobias Enstrom, who has six points, on injured reserve with an upper-body injury prior to Saturday's loss, while defensemen Mark Stuart and Ron Hainsey are out with upper-body injuries and Randy Jones is nursing an ailing foot.

2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 28 '12 NYR 4 at WPG 2 B. Boyle
Jan 24 '12 WPG 0 at NYR 3 R. Callahan
Nov 06 '11 WPG 0 at NYR 3 D. Stepan
Oct 24 '11 NYR 2 at WPG 1 R. Callahan
N. Antropov123811+1610
A. Burmistrov144610+3610
K. Wellwood14549+0210
E. Kane13538-11121
T. Glass14246+01101
D. Byfuglien14156-51600
T. Enstrom11156+21010
J. Slater12505-1900
B. Wheeler14055-1800
A. Ladd14314-11302
M. Stuart12134-11000
Z. Bogosian14044-51200
J. Oduya13123-3400
B. Little14033-3600
M. Flood3112+1200
T. Stapleton10022-3000
B. MacLean5022+1200
R. Hainsey4022+2600
M. Scheifele7101+0010
R. Jones7101-1200
C. Thorburn14011-51400
K. McArdle6000-2400
B. Maxwell4000-2000
B. Festerling3000-1200
D. Meech2000+1400
P. Postma2000+0000
O. Pavelec124-5-2343403.09.900
C. Mason41-2-08752.68.893
M. Gaborik137613+5810
B. Richards134610-1211
A. Anisimov13178+3400
R. Callahan13617-21322
D. Girardi13257+4400
D. Stepan13257+2621
R. McDonagh13336+6801
M. Del Zotto13246+6600
R. Fedotenko13156+1410
B. Dubinsky13066+04500
B. Prust13235-22600
E. Christensen11134+3010
B. Boyle13112-11600
J. Woywitka8112+0400
W. Wolski6022+0200
M. Rupp7101+01401
A. Deveaux4011+3500
S. Eminger13000-5400
T. Erixon9000-2600
M. Sauer8000+41700
K. Newbury6000+22400
M. Zuccarello3000+0200
S. Avery2000+0000
B. Bell1000-1000
H. Lundqvist104-3-3233222.27.929
M. Biron43-0-03800.95.963