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Getzlaf out again for Anaheim; Lundqvist in goal for New York

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

DUCKS (15-17-4) at RANGERS (16-14-4)

12:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, MSG, PRIME, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Henrik Lundqvist will start for the fourth time in the past 11 games when the New York Rangers play the Anaheim Ducks at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

Lundqvist's last start came against the Ducks when he made 39 saves in a 4-3 shootout loss at Honda Center on Dec. 14. Alexandar Georgiev started the past two games, regulation losses to the Nashville Predators (5-2) and Toronto Maple Leafs (6-3).

The Ducks conclude a four-game road trip following a 6-5 shootout win against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday. Center Ryan Getzlaf didn't play because of an illness and will miss the game against the Rangers, as well. Forwards Rickard Rakell (upper body) and Jakob Silfverberg (illness) also will not play for the Ducks on Sunday.

 

Players to watch

Ducks forward Sam Carrick had a goal and a game-high seven shots on goal, and was plus-2 against the Islanders.

Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and an assist against Toronto on Friday, ending a nine-game streak without a point.

 

They said it

"There are times when you get on rolls, and you look back to a singular game and it's like, 'Whoa, it was that one.' We hung in [against the Islanders]. We had a depleted lineup and we were able to get the win in a shootout." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins

"The thing I love about [Lundqvist] is every time we talk about the situation, he fully embraces it. He understands it. He gets it. … It has been a quirky two weeks. He lost two starts because of a lower-body [injury] situation. [Georgiev] played well. Georgie played [Friday] night because of his success against Toronto. There are going to be situations through the course of the season where this might happen, but let's let the season play out. He's going to play a lot of hockey." -- Rangers coach David Quinn on goalie Henrik Lundqvist

 

Ducks projected lineup

Adam Henrique -- Devin Shore -- Ondrej Kase

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Max Comtois

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Sam Carrick -- Carter Rowney

Isac Lundestrom -- Daniel Sprong

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Cam Fowler -- Erik Gudbranson

Michael Del Zotto -- Korbinian Holzer

Jacob Larsson

Ryan Miller

John Gibson

Scratched: none

Injured: Nick Ritchie (knee), Troy Terry (leg), Derek Grant (shoulder), Ryan Getzlaf (illness), Jakob Silfverberg (illness), Rickard Rakell (upper body)

 

Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Jesper Fast

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Pavel Buchnevich

Brendan Lemieux -- Filip Chytil -- Kaapo Kakko

Greg McKegg -- Brett Howden -- Brendan Smith

Brady Skjei -- Jacob Trouba

Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo

Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox

Henrik Lundqvist

Alexandar Georgiev

Scratched: Micheal Haley

Injured: Libor Hajek (knee)

 

Status report

Kakko missed practice Saturday. Quinn called it a maintenance day and said he's day to day. … If Kakko can't play, Howden would move to right wing with Chytil and Lemieux. Haley would play with McKegg and Smith. ... Sprong was recalled from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

 

Stat pack

Panarin has seven goals and three assists in a six-game point streak. … Zibanejad has four goals and three assists in a four-game point streak. … The Rangers are 0-for-9 on the power play in their past three games (0-2-1). … The Ducks are 6-for-21 on the power play (28.6 percent) in their past.

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