Vancouver Canucks (13-9-5)
New York Rangers (13-13-0)
The Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers meet for the first of two meetings this season. It’s been 2 years since these two teams faced each other; the Rangers won at Rogers Arena back in October 2011 by a 4-0 score.
After losing 6 of their first 8 games, the Rangers have started to turn things around. They’ve won 3 out of their last 5 games, and 9 of their last 15.
Meanwhile, the Canucks have only won 2 out of their last 5 games, though they did beat the Ottawa Senators convincingly on Thursday by a 5-2 score, with 4 of those goals coming in the second period. It was only the second time in 9 games the Canucks managed to score more than 2 goals in a game.
Today’s most interesting storyline? Canucks coach John Tortorella will return to Madison Square Garden and face the Rangers in his first regular season game since being let go by the Rangers at the end of the 2012-2013 season. The Canucks will face former coach Alain Vigneault, the winningest coach in Canucks history, who was also let go at the end of the 2012-2013 season by the Canucks.
Daniel Sedin has 7 points (2 goals and 5 assists) in the last 4 games. He scored his 300th NHL carreer goal on Thursday against the Senators. Henrik Sedin has 5 points (3 goals and 2 assists) in the last 4 games.
Since returning from a concussion, Rick Nash has 3 goals in 6 games, including 1 in each of his last 2 games.
The Vancouver Canucks are still without foward Jordan Schroeder (sprained ankle).
The New York Rangers are without foward Derek Dorsett (sprained wrist)