NEW YORK -- The last time they played the Anaheim Ducks, on Oct. 10, the New York Rangers closed a three-game stint in California with a 6-0 loss in which they were outplayed badly. Coupled with a 9-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks two nights earlier, the Rangers' season was off to a tough start.
Four weeks later neither team is expecting a repeat of that one-sided affair as the Rangers host the Ducks on Monday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS).
"I think we had to learn from it," Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. "We had to learn what we were doing wrong and realize not all of us were playing the way we need to play for our team to be successful. It was embarrassing and woke us up."