Wednesday evening pucks and the Metro Division will square off with the Atlantic Division as the New York Rangers tangle with the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Rangers are off a 3-2 OT loss to the Oilers, while the Canucks are off a 6-2 home loss to Vegas.
Rangers Fall Short To The Oilers
The New York Rangers are pretty much out of the playoff picture as they are 10 points out of the 8th spot with 13 games to go. New York has really struggled down the stretch as they have lost seven of their last eight games and they haven’t won back to back games since before the All-Star Break. The Rangers had a shot to do so in their last game as they were coming off a home win over the Devils, but they fell by a score of 3-2 in OT to the Oilers on the road. New York trailed 2-0 just 8:02 into the game, but they were able to tie it up and send the game to OT, where they lost it. Scoring in the loss was Brendan Lemieux, which was his 11th of the year and Brett Howden, which was his 5th of the year.
Taking the loss against the Oilers was Alexandar Georgiev, who allowed three goals on 33 shot attempts to fall to 10-14 with a 2.03 GAA on the year. Henrik Lundqvist is slated to get the start in this one and he has gone 18-27 with a 2.99 GAA on the year, including 7-12 with a 3.37 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 9-5 with a 2.37 GAA against the Canucks. The Rangers have gone 11-22 out on the road for the year and they have averaged 2.70 gpg and have allowed 3.82 gpg in those games. The Rangers check in ranked 17th in power play conversions at 19.3% and 25th in penalty kill at 78.3%.
Canucks Need To Find Their Offense
The Vancouver Canucks are also close to being eliminated from playoff contention as they are nine points out of the 8th spot with 13 games to go. Vancouver has gone just 4-13 over their last 17 games and they have also failed to win back-to-back games since before the All-Star Break. Vancouver’s issue of lat has been an offense that has averaged just 1.90 gpg over their last 10 games. They hope to get their offense going against a New York team that has allowed 3.82 gpg on the road. Scoring in their 6-2 loss to the Golden Knights was Brock Boeser, which was his 22nd of the year and Bo Horvat, which was his 24th.
Absorbing the loss against the Golden Knights was Jacob Markstrom, who allowed five goals on 16 shot attempts before being rep[laced by Thatcher Demko, who allowed one goal on 17 shot attempts the rest of the way. Markstrom is now 24-28 with a 2.78 GAA on the year, including 14-12 with a 2.74 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 3-3 with a 3.36 GAA against the Rangers. Vancouver has gone 15-17 here at home for the year and they have averaged 2.91 gpg and have allowed 3.06 gpg in those games. The Canucks check in ranked 29th in power play conversions at 14.8% and 13th in penalty kill at 80.8%.
- 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
New York is:
- 13-38 in their last 51 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 17-41 in their last 58 games as a road underdo