Rangers defenseman Matt Dumba is ready to go in goal for the opening game of the new NHL season.
Dumba, who has missed the last three games with a lower-body injury, is expected to be in the lineup for the Rangers at Boston on Sunday.
The Rangers are 2-1-1 in their past seven games.
Dumbamys goal will likely be his first since being acquired from the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 21.
The 22-year-old Dumba scored four goals in 18 games with Edmonton last season.
“I think he’s got some skills, he’s a very skilled player, he makes good plays, and he’s going to help us a lot,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.
Dumbac’s NHL career began in 2010-11, when he played two seasons with the Edmonton Oil Kings.
He had one goal and five assists in 73 games.
The Oilers have won five straight games for the first time since October 2009.
The team is also looking to avenge a 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Wednesday night in New Jersey.
The Islanders have lost seven of their last eight and four of five.
“We’ve got to get back to playing good hockey and playing smart hockey,” Islanders captain John Tavares said.
They’re a good team, they’re a very good team.
But we just have to stay disciplined and stick to our game plan and just play smart hockey.”
New Jersey has won five of its last six games.