National Hockey League
Preview
Los Angeles at NY Rangers
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, February 12, 2016
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

The New York Rangers aim for their fifth consecutive victory when they host the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Kings on Friday. New York's December swoon has become a distant memory as the club has followed a 6-4-1 month of January by posting its first four-game winning streak since a nine-game run from Oct. 25-Nov. 15.

The Rangers' current surge, which includes a shutout victory over red-hot Pittsburgh on Wednesday, has helped them maintain second place in the Metropolitan Division as they begin a three-game homestand. Los Angeles kicked off its season-high seven-game trek Tuesday by routing Boston for its third straight road win, but fell to the New York Islanders two nights later. The Kings, who entered Thursday with a seven-point lead in the Pacific, are hoping Jonathan Quick can make a rapid recovery after missing the 5-2 loss to the Islanders with a lower-body injury. The Rangers and Kings split their two-game series last season, with each team emerging victorious on the road.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NHL Network, FSN West (Los Angeles), MSG (New York)

ABOUT THE KINGS (32-18-3): With Quick sidelined, Los Angeles summoned Peter Budaj from Ontario of the American Hockey League to serve as Jhonas Enroth's backup. The 33-year-old Budaj has not appeared in the NHL since 2013-14, when he went 10-8-3 with a 2.51 goals-against average in 24 games with Montreal. Defenseman Kevin Gravel finally realized his dream Thursday by playing in an NHL contest for the first time since being selected in the fifth round of the 2010 draft.

ABOUT THE RANGERS (31-18-5): Henrik Lundqvist's next game will be the 667th of his career, moving him past Mike Richter for first place on the franchise list among goaltenders. The 33-year-old Swede surpassed Martin Brodeur for most victories in his first 11 seasons by posting his 366th on Wednesday. Rick Nash is unlikely to get the opportunity to end his nine-game goal-scoring drought as he figures to miss his eighth consecutive contest with a leg injury.

OVERTIME

1. The Rangers also are expected to be without D Ryan McDonagh, who has missed two straight contests with a concussion.

2. Los Angeles LW Milan Lucic has scored in back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 5 and 6.

3. Rangers C Derick Brassard shares the team lead with 18 goals and is one shy of matching the career high he set last season.

PREDICTION: Rangers 4, Kings 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Los Angeles 32-18-1-2 L1 15-10-0-1 17-8-1-1 4-2-0-0 28-16-1-2 11-7-0-0
NY Rangers 31-18-3-2 W4 20-5-2-0 11-13-1-2 3-4-2-0 28-14-1-2 10-5-2-2
Last Meeting
Los Angeles NY Rangers
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
3/24/15 LA 4 NYR 2 35 34 0-2 36 31 0-1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 2
NY Rangers D. Boyle 1
Goals Player  
Los Angeles J. Carter 1
NY Rangers K. Hayes 1
Assists Player  
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 2
NY Rangers D. Boyle 1
Saves Player  
Los Angeles J. Quick 34
NY Rangers C. Talbot 31
Season
Total Points Player  
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 47
NY Rangers M. Zuccarello 42
Goals Player  
Los Angeles T. Toffoli 23
NY Rangers M. Zuccarello 19
Assists Player  
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 34
NY Rangers K. Yandle 26
Saves Player  
Los Angeles J. Quick 1115
NY Rangers H. Lundqvist 1346
Quickchart Matchup
Los Angeles Off vs  NY Rangers Def
2.75 GF
2.5 GA
32.4 Shots
29.7 Shots
36 PP
35 PK
NY Rangers Off vs  Los Angeles Def
2.83 GF
2.34 GA
29.4 Shots
28.1 Shots
24 PP
34 PK