The Vancouver Canucks kick off a four-game eastern road trip against the New York Rangers in Midtown Manhattan.
The Canucks are coming off their most important victory of the season. They defeated the Calgary Flames 7-1 at home, snapping a 10-game winning run for the Flames. Vancouver sits sixth in the Pacific Division with a 25-22-6 record. They are five points behind the Edmonton Oilers for the last wild card place with 56 points.
The Rangers have been one of the best teams in the NHL this season, finishing third in the Metropolitan Division with a 33-14-5 record.
After losing 1-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, New York will play the second game in a back-to-back.
On Sunday, the Canucks held an optional skate, but on Saturday, they had a full practise at Chelsea Piers. At Madison Square Garden, this is most likely the lineup.
J.T. Miller discussed facing his former teammates.
On Monday morning, Miller stated, “Had a lot of fantastic times here.” “I was drafted here and began my NHL career and journey here.”
Bruce Boudreau, the Canucks’ head coach, talked on the need of bringing their “A” game against a strong Rangers squad.
“To beat this club, you have to play 60 minutes of your best hockey,” Boudreau said.
Although no news on the starting goaltender has been released, Thatcher Demko is expected to return to the net.
Because Igor Shesterkin played Saturday in Pittsburgh, it appears that Alexander Georgiev will start in goal for the Rangers.
Kyle Burroughs has been placed on injured reserve, while Tucker Poolman has been placed on the long-term injured reserve list. Burroughs is out for two months with broken ribs, while Poolman has been suffering from headaches and migraines unrelated to COVID-19.
Poolman did skate on Friday, according to Boudreau, but he is still not 100 percent.
JT Miller of the Vancouver Canucks scored four points against the Calgary Flames, putting him in 12th place in NHL scoring with 57 points. In his last five games, he has 11 points.
Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers is the NHL’s 16th leading scorer with 55 points. He has four goals and 15 assists for a total of 19 points in his previous 14 games.