Feb 4, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) keeps the puck from Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Preview: New York Rangers (43-30-4, 90 pts) vs. Colorado Avalanche (48-21-6, 102 pts)


The Colorado Avalanche (48-21-6, 102 pts) are coming off of a comeback win Tuesday night on the road against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Avs would be down by two goals entering the third period before they turned it on. Brad Malone and Gabriel Landeskog would net goals to get the game into overtime. Captain Landy would strike with less than a minute remaining in overtime to give the Avalanche two points and the win.

What: NHL Preview:  vs. 
When: Thursday, April 3rd
Where: Pepsi Center
Time: 9:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM MT
TV: Altitude Sports

This is the second and final meeting between the two clubs this season as the Rangers took the first meeting back on Feb. 4th by the final score of 5-1. Ryan Callahan (who is no longer with the Rangers) scored two goals and added an assist in the victory. Henrik Lundqvist was solid in net for the Rangers, stopping 27-of-28 shots, .964% save percentage while picking up the victory. Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeksog would pick up Colorado’s lone goal in the contest.

Here is more from Gabriel Landeskog via ESPN.com:

“After the second going into the third we talked about not finding any excuses,” Landeskog said. “Not using any injuries or what-not as an excuse. And it’s an opportunity for a lot of guys to step up and a lot of guys did. We played a playoff-type of third period.”

Projected Starting Goaltenders:

New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist: 31-23-4, 2.41 GAA, .919% save percentage.

Colorado Avalanche: Semyon Varalmov: 38-14-5, 2.48 GAA, .925% save percentage.

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