The Knights played very well when these teams met in mid-December, though Vegas didn’t run away with the game early due to the stellar play of Henrik Lundqvist. However, it will be Alexandar Georgiev in net for the Rangers tonight; he gave up six goals in his last start.
Reilly Smith will miss tonight’s game, which means Brandon Pirri is back in the mix. Interestingly, Max Pacioretty will move up to the top line to skate with William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault, while Pirri will skate with Paul Stastny and Alex Tuch on the second line.
William Carrier has been placed on injured reserve, so expect Oscar Lindberg to remain on the fourth line as he takes on his former team.
For the Rangers, Kevin Hayes is expected to miss tonight’s contest.
Here are the projected lineups for both clubs:
Marchessault — Karlsson — Pacioretty
Pirri — Stastny — Tuch
Nosek — Eakin — Carpenter
Lindberg — Bellemare — Reaves
McNabb — Schmidt
Theodore — Engelland
Merrill — Holden
Kreider (#20) — Zibanejad (#93) — Fast (#17)
Zuccarello (#36) — Chytil (#72) — Strome (#16)
Vesey (#26) — Howden (#21) — Namestnikov (#90
McLeod (#8) — Nieves (#24) — Buchnevich (#89)
Staal (#18) — Pionk (#44)
Skjei (#76) — McQuaid (#54)
DeAngelo (#77) — Shattenkirk (#22)