(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers will try to get back on track Thursday
when they make their only scheduled stop of the season in Winnipeg.
Thursday's meeting at MTS Centre is an important one in the Eastern Conference
landscape. Both the Rangers and Jets have 28 points on the year, putting them
in a tie for the East's eighth and final playoff spot.
The Jets were swept in last year's four-game season series, but they notched a
4-3 regulation win in New York on Feb. 26. Evander Kane and Olli Jokinen each
scored two goals to lead the club to just its third win in the last eight
games against the Rangers.
The Rangers had won four straight before suffering losses in two of their last
three contests. New York was dealt a 3-1 loss in its most recent trip to the
ice, losing Tuesday's contest in Buffalo after posting a 5-1 win Sunday at
New York outshot the Sabres by a 33-22 margin and scored the game's first goal
early in the second period, but Buffalo would grab a 2-1 lead by the end of 40
minutes. Marcus Foligno scored a pair of goals for the Sabres.
Derek Stepan scored shorthanded for the Rangers' only goal, with Henrik
Lundqvist registering 19 saves in New York's second loss in its past seven
"I don't know what happened tonight," said Lundqvist. "They just kept coming
at us and we couldn't do much to slow them down at either end of the ice."
The loss dropped New York to 1-1-0 on a four-game road trip that is set to end
Saturday in Pittsburgh. The Rangers are just 4-5-1 as the visiting club this
season, but they have secured a point in four of their last six road games
The Jets have won three of their last four games and have gained a point in
each contest during that 3-0-1 stretch. Winnipeg earned two points in its most
recent outing, posting a 5-2 win over visiting Toronto behind two goals from
Nik Antropov added a goal and two assists for the Jets and Ondrej Pavelec made
24 saves in the win. Kyle Wellwood had a goal and an assist, while Kane also
lit the lamp.
"I thought we had a lot of good games tonight from a lot of players. I thought
guys played hard and weren't going to be denied," Jets head coach Claude Noel
Thursday's test completes a brief two-game homestand for the Jets, who are
5-6-0 as the host this season compared to an 8-5-2 mark on the road. Last
season, Winnipeg had a solid 23-13-5 record at the MTS Centre and went 14-22-5
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