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Pre-Game: Rangers Vs Ducks 10/10/13

Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

After a sickening performance in San Jose against the Sharks on Tuesday night, the New York Rangers are looking to rebound tonight in the Anaheim Ducks’ home opener at the Honda Center.

9-2 was the score of Tuesday’s game. Which left most of the team baffled and simply without words. “Embarrassing” is the word captain Ryan Callahan used and that is exactly the way it was. It was an embarrassing moment for the players, coaching staff and even the fans.

The best thing this team can do is to learn from their mistakes and simply move on. The only good news is that they are only three games into the season, which means there is still plenty of time for physical and mental repair.

The Rangers will be without superstar forward Rick Nash tonight, who suffered a blow to the head from Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart. Nash was sent home to New York but he was not put on injured reserve which is a good sign.

Due to the loss of Nash, Alain Vigneault has juggled his lines around as he tries to find balance without the foundation of his offense. Here are the lines that were showed today at the morning skate and will most likely stick for tonight’s game:

Ryan Callahan-Brad Richards-Benoit Pouliot
Brian Boyle-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Jesper Fast-Derek Stepan-Taylor Pyatt
Dominic Moore-Arron Asham-Derek Dorsett

Marc Staal-Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-John Moore

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

Let’s take a look at the Ducks line-up (pending scratches):

Forwards: Andrew Cogliano, Teemu Selanne, Corey Perry, Saku Koivu, Nick Bonino, Ryan Getzlaf, Dustin Penner, Kyle Palmieri, Mathieu Perreault, Jakob Silfverberg, Daniel Winnik, Matt Beleskey, Patrick Maroon

Defenseman: Cam Fowler, Ben LovejoyFrancois Beauchemin, Mark FistricSami VatanenHampus Lindholm, Bryan Allen

Goaltenders: Jonas Hiller (Starting), Viktor Fasth

Fun Facts (Courtesy of NHL Media)

  • All-Time: 10-13-1-1 overall (6-6-1-0 at home; 4-7-0-1 on the road)
  • 2013-14: Tonight is the first of two meetings this season, and the only meeting at Honda Center.
  • Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-1 overall (1-0-0 mark at home; 0-0-1 mark on the road), with both contests decided in the shootout and ending in a 2-1 score. The Rangers’ penalty kill was 8-8 (100.0%) in the series. Brad Richards (goal) and Ryan McDonagh (assist) were among the point scorers for the Rangers, while Henrik Lundqvist was 1-0-1 with a 0.93 GAA and .964 Sv%.
  • The Rangers have registered at least a point in eight of the last 11 contests against the Ducks (7-3-1 over the span) dating back to Nov. 19, 2002
  • New York tied for 19th in the NHL with a 10-12-2 (22 pts) record on the road last season; Anaheim ranked seventh with a 16-7-1 (33 pts) mark at home last season
  • New York lists no former Ducks on their roster
  • Anaheim lists no former Rangers on their roster

Pregame coverage starts at 9:30 pm on MSG, with the puck dropping at 10 pm! Don’t be late!

-Andrew (@a_graz24)

Topics: National Hockey League, New York Rangers

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