No changes are expected to the Rangers' lineup, and Lundqvist is slated to start his seventh straight game.
New York's power play has been red-hot during this current winning streak, operating at 42.1 percent (8-for-19), while the penalty kill has been even more effective at 92.9 percent (13-for-14).
Chicago enters tonight's game with one win in its last three games, including a 7-5 defeat Sunday against the New Jersey Devils.
Patrick Kane is again leading the way offensively with 17 points in 18 games, while rookie Alex DeBrincat has 11 through his first 18 NHL contests.
Goaltender Corey Crawford is off to a great start despite the lack of results. He's 7-7-0 but has a .932 SV% and a 2.21 GAA with a pair of shutouts.
The Blackhawks are currently out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference, four points behind Nashville for third in the competitive Central Division and two points behind Vancouver for the second Wild Card spot.
Players to Watch
After a slow start offensively, Nash has been heating up for the Rangers over the last few weeks with five goals in his last seven games, including three in his last two. Nash enters tonight's game with 25 goals, 27 assists and 52 points in 60 career games against the Blackhawks. His assists and points against Chicago are the most against any opponent in the NHL.
DeBrincat comes into tonight's game tied for fourth in scoring among rookies this season and has five goals and two assists in his last seven games. The 19-year-old had a historic Ontario Hockey League career with three consecutive 100-plus point seasons, including a 65-goal, 62-assist and 127-point year last season with the Erie Otters.
"When you're having success on the power play, it will drive the rest of your game." - Kevin Shattenkirk
Each of the last nine meetings between the Rangers and Blackhawks in Chicago have been decided by one goal or fewer (dating back to Nov. 16, 2003), and six of the nine games were decided in overtime.
Since Dec. 11, 2002, 15 of 18 overall games between the Rangers and Blackhawks have been decided by one goal or fewer, and all 18 games have been decided by two goals or fewer. Since Nov. 16, 1995, 28 of 30 meetings between New York and Chicago have been decided by two or fewer goals.
Posted 2017-11-15 3:30 PM (#687442 - in reply to #687437) Subject: Re: Game 19: New York Rangers @ Chicago Black Hawks 11/15/17 - 8pm - NBCSN
I figure it's going to be harder to score against the Blackhawks than in some of the games they've played this year...will be interesting to see if the NYR can be patient...their last 6 wins - aside from Tampa - have been relatively high scoring
Posted 2017-11-16 3:48 AM (#687659 - in reply to #687437) Subject: Re: Game 19: New York Rangers @ Chicago Black Hawks 11/15/17 - 8pm - NBCSN
This team plays so stupid some games. I hope the coaches say something about them blowing almost 10 odd man rushes by never shooting. But i gotta put this on lundqvist, total weak ass goal in the last min of the 2nd killed this game. His specialty btw. Then they all quit. Mcdonagh showing again why he shouldnt be a captain.
Posted 2017-11-16 7:19 AM (#687664 - in reply to #687437) Subject: Re: Game 19: New York Rangers @ Chicago Black Hawks 11/15/17 - 8pm - NBCSN
Bottom line with this game - they weren't going to win forever. But, this was a winnable game and they fcuked it up with multiple breakdowns. There were stretches in this game where they looked like the best they've played all year (also because Chi has some defensive problems also).
But my biggest takeaway, is the 42 shots against. You're not going to win when you give up 40+ shots in 60 min.
Also Hank should have had that first goal. I defend him against most unfounded criticism but in a one goal game, so close to intermission, clear shot from the top of the circle, he should have had that one. May have hit Staal's stick a bit but I still consider that a stoppable shot.
Posted 2017-11-16 9:08 AM (#687668 - in reply to #687437) Subject: Re: Game 19: New York Rangers @ Chicago Black Hawks 11/15/17 - 8pm - NBCSN
Typically at the start of a game after instructions from the head coach, you have a gameplan to deploy your defensemen and forwards supervised by the Asst Coaches. Any significant change after is a result of a head coach changing things up. I remember the lost defenseman last year, the staff forgot about. The same one double talk had to have told the Asst coach to staple his ass to the bench. Or the Asst keeps the original rotation going. This is where the Brook's fail, and personal relationships enter reporting. If it was Tortorella, Brooks would still be zinging him. But he has a different relationship with Vigneault and his shortcomings usually go unreported or barely brought up.