This upcoming weekend, Ryan McDonagh will venture to Los Angeles to take part in the NHL All-Star Weekend festivities.
He’ll have a chance to meet his hosts tonight, when the Rangers take on the Los Angeles Kings. (7:00, MSG)
The Rangers (30-16-1) are looking to extend their mini-winning streak just prior to the All-Star break, having captured their second in a row yesterday in Detroit, a nationally televised 1-0 triumph that ended when JT Miller scored his 16th goal of the season in the overtime period, finally beating Jared Coreau. Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves in picking up a shutout, the third he has partaken in this season.
The Kings (22-20-4) have stayed in the thick of of the Western Conference wild card picture despite being without star goaltender Jonathan Quick for all but one period of the season, currently three points out of the final Western playoff spot. They’ve fallen off track, having lost their past three, including a 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday night, the first part of their three game New York City trip. The Kings made up a 2-0 third period deficit, thanks to goals by Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty, but were unable to stop the Islanders, who put up two more.
This will be the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Kings, a rematch of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. The Kings swept the set last season, both victories coming in overtime. The last one came on St. Patrick’s Day at Staples Center, a 4-3 decision in which they made up a 3-1 deficit. Miller and Kevin Hayes, who will be sitting out the next 2-3 weeks due to an injury suffered in yesterday’s game. The second meeting will come on March 25 in LA.