The Vegas Golden Knights (18-11) will enter Madison Square Garden on Friday night to take on the New York Rangers (19-7-3). The Golden Knights will visit two former members of the organization in Ryan Reaves and Gerard Gallant.
The fan-favorite Reaves spent parts of four seasons with the Vegas Golden Knights as a notorious instigator. He racked up 158 penalty minutes in 209 career games played with the Golden Knights. During the offseason, he was traded to the New York Rangers for a 2022 third-round pick.
Jesse Granger of the Athletic asked Jonathan Marchessault if he plans on saying anything to Ryan Reaves. “You gotta think so. He’s a funny guy. I definitely miss the guy. Great teammate and I’m definitely excited to see him out there,” said Marchessault.
Gallant was the first-ever coach in Golden Knight’s history and coached the team from 2017 to 2020. His record in that span was 213-118-75. Gallant was fired on January 16th, 2020, and was replaced by Golden Knight’s current head coach Peter DeBoer.
Marchessault also confirmed to Granger that he has not spoken to Gallant since he was hired as the Rangers’ new head coach.
“I haven’t talked to him since he’s been with the Rangers. I’m super happy for him, and happy that they’re doing great. Obviously, I want to have a strong game and win. Except I’m happy if they have success,” said Marchessault.
Laurent Brossoit, who technically played in Thursday night’s game, is expected to get the start in net for the Golden Knights with it being a back-to-back. No other lineup changes are expected from the Golden Knights. Shea Theodore is still expected to be out with a non-COVID illness.
The Rangers have been a solid team this season and are currently tied for first in the Metropolitan Division. Unsurprisingly they have been led in scoring by Russian sniper Artemi Panarin who has 33 points in 29 games. However, Panarin will be unavailable for the Rangers as he is out with a minor day-to-day injury.
Reining Norris Trophy defenseman Adam Fox is also having a solid season. He has 26 assists in 29 games played and is proving to be one of the top defensemen in the NHL. With Igor Sheserkin out with a lower-body injury, Alexander Georgiev will start for the Rangers Friday night.
PROJECTED VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS LINES
Max Pacioretty- Chandler Stephenson- Mark
Jonathan Marchessault- William Karlsson- Reilly Smith
Mattias Janmark- Nicolas Roy- Evgenii Dadonov
William Carrier- Brett Howden- Keegan Kolesar
Nicolas Hague– Alex Pietrangelo
Brayden McNabb- Zach Whitecloud
Ben Hutton- Dylan Coghlan
Laurent Brossoit/Robin Lehner
Vegas Golden Knights Special Teams
Special Teams: 17.57% Powerplay (22nd) and 78.57% Penalty Kill (23rd)
PP1: Dadonov, Stephenson, Stone, Pietrangelo, Pacioretty
PP2: Smith, Karlsson, Marchessault, Coghlan, Roy
PK1: Stephenson, Stone, McNabb, Pietrangelo
PK2: Howden, Kolesar, Hague, Whitecloud
Injured Reserve/COVID-19 Protocols
Jack Eichel, Nolan Patrick, Alec Martinez, Shea Theodore
PROJECTED NEW YORK RANGERS LINES PER PUCKPEDIA
Chris Kreider- Mika Zibanejad- Kaapo Kakko
Filip Chtyil- Ryan Strome- Dryden Hunt
Alexis Lafreniere- Barclay Goodrow- Julien Gauthier
Kevin Rooney- Greg McKegg- Ryan Reaves
Ryan Lindgren- Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller- Jacob Trouba
Patrick Nemeth- Libor Hajek
Alexander Georgiev/Keith Kinkaid
New York Rangers Special Teams
25% Powerplay (6th) and 84.09% Penalty Kill (6th)
PP1: Kreider, Strome, Kakko, Zibanejad, Fox
PP2: Lafreniere, Chytil, Gauthier, Trouba, Miller
PK1: Goodrow, Rooney, Nemeth, Miller
PK2: Zibanejad, Kreider, Lindgren, Fox
Injured Reserve/COVID-19 Protocols
Sammy Blais, Igor Shesterkin, Nils Lundkvist, Artemi Panarin
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