Today, snow has blanketed the Tri-State area, turning it into a whiteout.
The New York Rangers certainly hope that won’t translate to the scoreboard, as they’re still set to take on the Nashville Predators on schedule tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00, MSG).
Entering the second half of a four game homestand against Western Conference foes, the Rangers (34-18-1) have won three in a row, including Tuesday night’s 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Henrik Lundqvist had a season-high 43 saves in the victory, which was the 398th of his career. Michael Grabner helped put the game away with two third period goals, and Oscar Lindberg and Mats Zuccarello also had scores. JT Miller added two assists, giving him seven over the past four games.
Nashville (26-19-8) is currently on the brink of the Central Division playoff picture, holding onto the final of the three automatic spots after defeating the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Tuesday night. Viktor Arvidsson and Calle Jarnkrok scored goals in the first period to make up a 1-0 deficit before Arvidsson scored another goal in the third before Mike Fisher put things away with an empty-netter in the final minute of the game.
This will be the second and final meeting between the Rangers and Predators this season, the Rangers winning 2-1 in a shootout on December 17 at Bridgestone Arena. Rick Nash scored the regulation goal for the Rangers, while Mike Fisher added the tally for Nashville. The ensuing shootout took only a couple of rounds, with Zuccarello and Jimmy Vesey wrapping things up. Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves, while Juuse Saros countered with 26 saves. Each are expected to reprise their roles tonight.
Dan Girardi, having taking a shot off the ankle in Tuesday’s win, will not play tonight. He’ll be replaced in the lineup by Adam Clendening.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490