It’s said that revenge is a dish best served cold. It’s a good thing, then, that the New York Rangers are headed off to Vancouver, British Columbia tonight, as they’ll wrap up their season set with the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena tonight (10:00, MSG).
The Rangers, in the midst of a four game road trip, complete a trio through Western Canada tonight, victorious in the first two portions over the weekend in Calgary and Edmonton, with Sunday’s victory being a 3-1 winner over the Oilers. The star of the night was Michael Grabner, who became the first Ranger this season to score double-digit goals, scoring his ninth in the opening stages of the game before earning another in the middle frame. Dan Girardi scored his third goal of the season as well, the game winner, helping the Rangers (12-4-0) win their seventh game in their last eight. They’ll complete their road trip in Columbus on Friday night.
Vancouver (6-9-1) also last played on Sunday, a 5-4 overtime victory over the Dallas Stars at home. The Canucks trailed 3-1 entering the third period, but Loui Eriksson and Brandon Sutter each put in their second goals of the season to tie things up. Dallas tied it, but Troy Stetcher retied the game in the penultimate minute, before Markus Granlund put in the game winner.
The Canucks, who followed up a 4-0-0 start before going winless in their next eight, have gone on a small run since their meet-up with the Rangers exactly one week ago, dropping the Rangers 5-3. Pavel Buchnevich, who will sit out this game due to back spasms, scored a goal, part of his active four game goal streak, while Rick Nash added the 400th goal of his NHL career. However, the Rangers, who were forced to pull an a possibly injured Antti Raanta by the league for a cold Henrik Lundvist, were unable to withstand a quartet of Vancouver goals including two by Alex Burrows.
Chris Kreider (upper body) will also miss his second consecutive game. Recently called up Cristoval “Boo” Nieves, a 2012 second round pick will make his NHL debut.