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Ducks at Rangers preview

Anaheim seeks fifth straight win, Georgiev starts in goal for New York

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

DUCKS (19-11-5) at RANGERS (14-13-5)

7 p.m. ET; MSG, PRIME, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Anaheim Ducks will go for their fifth straight win overall and seventh in a row on the road when they play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. They can tie the franchise record for longest road winning streak (seven games, Nov. 28-Dec. 13, 2006).

The Ducks, who defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 on Monday, have won nine of their past 10 games (9-1-0) and 11 of their past 13 (11-2-0). Nine of their 18 skaters expected to play Tuesday are 24 years old or younger.

The Rangers have one win in their past five games (1-1-3) despite scoring the first goal in each game.

 

Players to watch

Ducks forward Ondrej Kase has five goals in the past four games.

Rangers center Kevin Hayes has nine points in the past four games (three goals, six assists).

 

They said it

"One thing that's always been great about our group over the last 14 years that I've been here is we haven't had to have that big rebuild. These kids have been coming along and coming along. Inserting a couple here and there every year. Now they've been in the League two, three years. They're ready to contribute and play, and play confidently." -- Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf on the makeup of the team

"We did some video and watched some clips on playing through guys, maybe being a little harder to play against. That's kind of our main focus going into [Tuesday], having the right mind frame going into the game." -- Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei

 

Ducks projected lineup

Pontus Aberg -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Ondrej Kase

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Adam Henrique -- Daniel Sprong

Kiefer Sherwood -- Carter Rowney -- Brian Gibbons

Hampus Lindholm -- Brandon Montour

Jacob Larsson -- Josh Manson

Josh Mahura -- Jake Dotchin

Chad Johnson

John Gibson

Scratched: Andrej Sustr, Ben Street

Injured: Corey Perry (knee), Patrick Eaves (broken rib), Cam Fowler (complex facial fracture), Rickard Rakell (ankle sprain), Ryan Miller (MCL sprain)

 

Rangers projected lineup

Filip Chytil -- Mika Zibanejad -- Mats Zuccarello

Chris Kreider -- Kevin Hayes -- Pavel Buchnevich

Jimmy Vesey -- Brett Howden -- Vladislav Namestnikov

Boo Nieves -- Lias Andersson -- Ryan Strome

Marc Staal -- Neal Pionk

Brady Skjei -- Tony DeAngelo

Brendan Smith -- Adam McQuaid

Alexandar Georgiev

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: Fredrik Claesson

Injured: Cody McLeod (fractured left hand), Kevin Shattenkirk (separated shoulder), Jesper Fast (upper body)

 

Status report

Johnson could make his first start for the Ducks since they claimed him off waivers from the St. Louis Blues on Dec. 11. He was 2-6-0 with a 3.54 goals-against average and .884 save percentage in 10 appearances, including seven starts, with the Blues. … Georgiev was recalled from Hartford of the American Hockey League on Sunday. … Hayes didn't practice Monday (maintenance day), but is expected to play.

 

Stat pack

Getzlaf (one goal, five assists) and Montour (two goals, four assists) each have six points in the past four games.

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