New York Rangers at Chicago Blackhawks
New York Rangers Preview
The New York Rangers carry a five-game road winning streak into their Wednesday game against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Rangers had emerged victorious in four in a row overall before dropping a 3-1 decision to the visiting Boston Bruins on Sunday. Mika Zibanejad has scored a goal in seven of his last 10 contests, with Sunday’s tally in the third period extending his point streak to four games (three goals, two assists).
Artemi Panarin, who leads the team in goals (29) and assists (49), set up a goal for the fourth straight contest, and he enters Wednesday’s tilt with a six-game point streak (two goals, five assists). Panarin began his career with two seasons in Chicago (2015-17).
Chicago Blackhawks Preview
The Chicago Blackhawks look to turn around their fortunes on Wednesday when they open a two-game homestand with a game against the New York Rangers. The Central Division cellar-dwelling Blackhawks have lost six of their past seven contests (1-4-2) after concluding a five-game road trip with a 3-2 setback at Winnipeg on Sunday.
Patrick Kane, who leads the team in goals (27) and assists (47), added one of each in the loss. The former Hart Trophy recipient has recorded 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) in his past 19 games. Captain Jonathan Toews has collected two goals and four assists in his past five contests, including an assist on Kane’s goal against the Jets.