Henrik Lundqvist draws call for Rangers on Thursday

Chris Kreider also scored for the Rangers, who overcame a 2-0 deficit and have won seven of nine overall.

This was a tour de force from the Rangers third line, and that type of depth is exactly what gives this organization confidence for the time when the snow thaws and the games start meaning more.

"I think we all kind of complement each other", Hayes said of his line with Miller and Grabner.

"We've got some confidence at home and we've played some good games on the road, so we have to continue that", McDonagh said. He made those two big saves and enabled us to score right after on the next shift. The first goal has been the most important for the Preds who were 16-1-5 when scoring first this season.

Hayes now has 26 assists and 39 points on the season, while Grabner is leading the team with 26 goals - the same as Washington's Alex Ovechkin - and Miller has 18 goals and a team-high 44 points.

With the Rangers trailing 2-0, Lundqvist made a save on Johansen at 7:20 of the second period before denying Craig Smith 40 seconds later. They took advantage of a turnover by Matt Irwin, and Hayes passed to Grabner for his team-high 26th goal at 8:12.

And very much unlike their National Basketball Association brethren who share this iconic arena, the Blueshirts are winning and doing it with very little drama, having now taken four in a row and started this four-game homestand against Western Conference teams with three straight victories. 4, N.Y. Rangers, Miller 17 (Hayes), 14:58.

The Predators jumped on top in the first when Cody McLeod made it 1-0 Nashville. "And myself, I had three chances right in front and I have to find ways to get those in the net because I miss my chance, they come right back down and score".

"When you're not scoring, the fans aren't too happy with you", said Hayes, who hasn't missed a step since returning two games ago following a five-game absence due to a presumed left-knee injury. He was hurt blocking a shot in Tuesday's win over Anaheim. Matt Puempel and Brandon Pirri also were scratched by NY.

Up next: Before their league-mandated five-day break begins next week, the Predators will host back-to-back games at Bridgestone Arena this weekend, starting with a Saturday matchup against the Panthers (1 p.m., Fox TN/102.5-FM). Following tonight's comeback victory, the Rangers will have one final game remaining in their mini homestand and that will be on Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche.

  • Julie Sanders