NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal with teammate Brandon Prust #8 against the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
The New York Rangers end their six-game Madison Square Garden homestand against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night (7:00 p.m. EST, MSG+) looking to win their fourth straight. Winnipeg (5-6-2) is thought to be one of the NHL's weaker teams and has been up and down in the early going, though they've earned points in three consecutive games and are 4-2-1 in their last seven games. The Jets are coming off an overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils in which they scored twice in the third period to tie the game.
The Blueshirts beat the Jets on the road earlier on in the year 2-1, though it was a pretty "lucky" win based on how the Rangers looked and scored the goals. Nik Antropov missed last night's game after blocking a shot with his hand, but it looks like the team's leading scorer will be good to go tonight. Winnipeg will also be playing without dangerous defenseman Tobias Enstrom, who has been placed on the injured reserve after an upper-body injury. Twenty-year-old Alex Burmistrov is the second-leading scorer with 10 points on the year.
New York will look to reverse the trend of poor home play against the Winnipeg franchise. The Blueshirts are 0-3-2 and have allowed 19 goals in those games against what was then the Atlanta Thrashers.
Winnipeg offers the Rangers the chance to continue to put points on the board, as they've allowed 3.15 goals per game and are ranked 22nd in penalty-kill percentage. One of the keys to tonight's game will be how the Rangers' power-play, which went 1-for-9, fares. At times, its shown glimpses, but overall seven power-play goals ranks 25th in the NHL. It's an Achilles' Heel that will cost them if they don't get it worked out.