A good portion of New York and the rest of the Tri-State area like to root against a team named the Jets on Sunday afternoons.
On Sunday night, it’s safe to say that the number will significantly increase, as the New York Rangers take on the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden (7:00 PM, MSG).
The Rangers (9-3-0) have won eight of their past nine games, and four in a row. They’ve also won five consecutive games at MSG, where they’re currently 7-1-0 on the young season. They kept up their winning way in the early going yesterday, winning 5-2 over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night at TD Garden. The Rangers scored two shorthanded goals, coming from Derek Stepan and Kevin Hayes, while Pavel Buchnevich scored his career NHL goal on the power play. Nick Holden also scored his first goal as a Ranger, opening the scoring, while Michael Grabner’s insurance goal late in the third helped him take the team lead in goals with seven.
The Jets, currently at 5-6-1, have had an up and down year already, though they’re coming off a 5-3 win on Friday in Detroit, one that snapped a three game winless streak. Trailing 3-2 in the midway stages of the third period, Brandon Tanev scored the first two goals of his NHL career, the game-changers in Winnipeg’s win. Patrik Laine, the second overall pick in this past season’s draft, also tallied a goal, as did Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers, who also posted three assists.
This will be the first of two meetings between the Rangers and the artists formerly known as the Atlanta Thrashers this season, the second half of which will take place on December 8 in Manitoba. Last season, the Rangers dropped both meetings to the Jets, including a 4-1 defeat on October 13, the last such tilt held at Madison Square Garden. Mats Zuccarello opened the scoring for the Rangers, but Winnipeg scored four unanswered goals including two from Bryan Little, while Ehlers added one of his own. Michael Hutchinson made 40 saves.
This will be the second back-to-back set the Rangers will play this season. In the first one, which also came on a weekend, the Rangers swept both games, topping the Washington Capitals on the road before coming home to defeat the Arizona Coyotes.
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