Pre-Game Notes: Phoenix Coyotes at New York Rangers


The following are the pre-game notes in a big time matchup with a Western Conference team, with a chance to move ahead of the Flyers for second in the Metropolitan.

Phoenix Coyotes vs. New York Rangers

  • 7 P.M Start time (TV: MSG Radio: ESPN NY Radio 98.7 FM)
  • Rangers (39-29-4)
  • Coyotes (34-26-11)

Probable Starters:

  • Henrik Lundqvist (28-22-4, 2.42, .919) vs. Mike Smith (27-21-10, 2.65, .915)

Heating Up:

  • Oliver Ekman-Larrson- Five Points (two goals, three assists) in past 6 games
  • Keith Yandle- Fifteen points (2 goals, 13 assists) in last 15 games
  • Mike Smith- 1.86 GAA and .937 Save% in last 11 starts
  • Ryan McDonagh- Eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in last nine games
  • Derek Stepan- Recorded a goal in each of his last three games

Milestone Watch: 

  • Brian Boyle- 3 points away from 100 career points

Keys to Success:

  • Stay out of “The Sin Bin”- Phoenix features one of the league’s best power plays (20.8%, tied for third in the League) it will be crucial that the Rangers maintain their discipline against a scorching Man-up unit
  • Bust the Slump- Martin St. Louis (Game time decision-flu) has still not scored since he joined the Rangers on March 3rd against the Maple Leafs. The Rangers could use an offensive outburst from him tonight, if he is able to suit up.

Other Notes

  • Raphael Diaz will play again in place of the concussed John Moore
  • Martin St. Louis, Derek Dorsett, and Derek Stepan are all game-time decisions as they are each fighting bouts with the flu
  • JT Miller has been called up on an emergency basis from the Hartford Wolf Pack


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