The Rangers head to Winnipeg coming off a 4-1 home win over Toronto on Sunday -- on his 23rd birthday -- highlighted by one of the best goaltending performances in team history.
Backup goaltender Alexandar Georgiev made 23 of his career-high 55 saves on the power play, recording the second-most saves in team history since saves began getting tracked by the NHL in 1955-56.
While Henrik Lundqvist will likely be in net Tuesday, their backup's performance has the team buzzing heading into an opener of a four-game trip that ends next Tuesday in Carolina.
"Sometimes you need a performance like this and he came up big for us, gave us a chance," Rangers center Mika Zibanejad said.
Another thing that has the Rangers buzzing is the recent performance by Zibanejad, who has six goals in his last six games and 11 goals in his last 12.
Mats Zuccarello added a pair of assists and owns 17 points in his last 11 games while Chris Kreider has 10 points in his last 11 games after getting two assists Sunday.
Those showings by the top line have helped the Rangers go 6-3-1 in their last 10 games since an ugly 7-5 loss at Columbus on Jan. 13.
"It's nice to have two goalies that can win for us like that," Zuccarello said.
The Rangers head to Winnipeg hoping to finish their latest meeting with the Jets properly after a 4-3 shootout loss in the previous meeting on Dec. 2. The Rangers held a three-goal lead but Bryan Little scored the tying goal with 2 1/2 minutes left in the third period and Mark Scheifele scored the game-winner on Lundqvist in the shootout. >> Read More
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