NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Following a successful road trip, the New
York Rangers return home to host the Calgary Flames in the only
meeting between the teams this season.
The Rangers went 3-1-0 on the trip after posting a 4-1 victory
over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. New York posted
overtime wins in Phoenix and Los Angeles and lost in St. Louis.
Jussi Markkanen made his third straight start and had a
career-high 40 saves, including one on his first NHL penalty
shot. Markannen improved to 6-2-1 in his last nine decisions and
7-4-1 for the season as Mike Dunham's backup.
In their last appearance at Madison Square Garden on December
26, the Rangers rallied from a 5-2 deficit before losing to the
Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-5, in overtime.
The Flames have been hampered by injuries and have dropped three
in a row following a 11-2-2 stretch.
Calgary is coming off Saturday's 3-1 home setback to the
Vanccouver Canucks. Vancouver goaltender Alex Auld frustrated
Flames star Jarome Iginla, stopping him on a penalty shot and
On Saturday, the Flames received more bad news when they learned
rookie right wing Chuck Kobasew is expected to miss this
current three-game road trip with a shoulder injury. The Flames
already have goaltenders Roman Turek and Miika Kiprusoff
sidelined with knee injuries, while centers Blair Betts
(shoulder), Craig Conroy (knee) and Steve Reinprecht (ankle)
also are out.
The Rangers won both games against the Flames last season,
including a 1-0 overtime victory in New York. Defenseman Brian
Leetch scored 51 seconds into the extra period and Dan Blackburn
made 26 saves for his first NHL shutout.