New York Rangers begin 2022 with matinee against Tampa Bay, Panarin in Covid protocol

The New York Rangers kick-off 2022 with an afternoon game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at MSG on Sunday without the services of Artemi Panarin.

New York Rangers: 20-8-4
Tampa Bay Lightning: 21-7-5
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Television: MSG Networks

The New York Rangers look to continue their surprising season with a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a matinee contest at the GArden starting at 12:30 p.m.

They will have to play without the services of their best player, Artemi Panarin as he is in COvid protocol and will be unavailable for today’s game.

With a win over Tampa Bay on New Year’s Eve, the Blueshirts won their 20th of the season and it was their 12t road win of the year.

Last game at Tampa Bay

New York Rangers 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 3 – SHOOTOUT – Dec. 31, 2021 (Amalie Arena)

NYR Goals: A. Lafreniére (7), B. Goodrow (5, 6), M. Zibanejad (SOW)
TBL Goals: S. Stamkos (16), R. Colton (4), C. Perry (8)
NYR Goalie: I. Shesterkin (W – 25/28)
TBL Goalie: B. Elliott (OTL – 20/23)
NYR Shots: 23
TBL Shots: 28
NYR PP: 0/4
NYR PK: 3/4

New York closed out 2021 with a shootout win in Tampa Bay, earning its 20
win of the season. It was a back-and-forth battle in Tampa as the Lightning took a 1-0 lead into the second where the Rangers took hold of 2-1 lead 15 minutes into the frame. The two teams exchanged
goals and eventually went to a shootout where Mika Zibanejad scored the lone goal. On the night he received his Stanley Cup ring from last season, Barclay Goodrow scored two goals, including one shorthanded.

Today’s Matchup

• The Blueshirts begin their seventh back-to-back of the season with a game tomorrow night against Edmonton. This season, the Rangers are 3-2-1 in the first game and 3-2-1 in the second game of a back-to-back.
• The Rangers are 9-2-0 against Atlantic Division opponents this season.


Kreider – Zibanejad – Kakko
Lafreniere – Strome – Goodrow
Hunt – Chytil – Gauthier
Gettinger – McKegg – Reaves

Miller – Trouba
Hajek – Fox
Jones – Lundkvist



Injuries/Covid Protocol

As of this morning Artemi Panarin,  Ryan Lindgren, Jeff Tinoridi, and Kevin Rooney remain in Covid protocol. Sammy Blais is out for the season with an LBI.


Recent Transactions

Jan. 1 – Alexandar Georgiev cleared Covid protocol. Keith Kinkaid was re-assigned to the taxi squad. Adam Huska was re-assigned to Hartford. Morgan Barron recalled from Taxi Squad.
Dec. 28 – Zac Jones and Tim Gettinger were recalled from the Taxi Squad.
Dec. 28 – Morgan Barron, Jonny Brodzinski, Tim Gettinger, Zac Jones, Matthew Robertson, Adam Huska assigned to the taxi squad.

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