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Daily Primer Oct. 7: Rangers' Callahan set to return

Monday, 10.07.2013 / 10:07 AM NHL.com

Two games are on the NHL schedule Monday night, highlighted by what is expected to be Ryan Callahan’s return to the New York Rangers' lineup.

New York's captain will likely be in uniform as the Rangers face the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Callahan will make his season debut after undergoing shoulder surgery during the offseason. The right wing had 16 goals and 15 assists in 45 games last season.

Here's a quick look at Monday’s action:

New Jersey Devils at Edmonton Oilers -- Each team is still searching for its first victory. The Devils (0-1-1) opened their season last Thursday and suffered a 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Twenty-four hours later, New Jersey lost in a shootout against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center. Edmonton, meanwhile, has been held without a point in its first two games. The Oilers have been outscored 11-6 in losses to the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks, respectively. There is some good news: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the Oilers' No. 1 center, will make his season debut. Nugent-Hopkins did not play in the preseason as he recovered from shoulder surgery.

New York Rangers at Los Angeles Kings -- The Rangers play the second of their season-opening, nine-game road trip on Monday at Staples Center. New York opened the season with a 4-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes last Thursday. Los Angeles plays its home opener after splitting its first two games on the road. After a 3-2 shootout victory against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, the Kings suffered a 5-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Friday. Should both goaltenders get the starting nod, Monday's game could be one of the better matchups of the season with New York's Henrik Lundqvist facing Jonathan Quick of the Kings.

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