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Rangers Homestand Continues Against Anaheim

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

The Rangers continue their four-game homestand when they host the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

New York is coming off a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames Sunday afternoon that saw the Blueshirts score three in the third period, including Jesper Fast's game-winner. Rick Nash, Michael Grabner and Chris Kreider also scored, while Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves in the win.

Head coach Alain Vigneault said Saturday Antti Raanta would get a start during this stretch of home games, though he did not reveal who would start Tuesday. 

If Raanta gets the call, it'd be his first start since Jan. 14 in Montreal, which he left after the first period due to injury. He's made one relief appearance since. He's 1-0-1 with a 1.45 GAA and a .939 SV% in two games against Anaheim. 

Lundqvist, meanwhile, is 5-4-1 in his career against the Ducks, though he's won both of his last two appearances against Anaheim.

Rick Nash has feasted on the Ducks as of late with a point in 14 of his last 17 games against Anaheim, posting 12 goals over that span.

Forward Kevin Hayes is expected to return to the lineup after missing five games with a lower-body injury. If he can play, Matt Puempel is expected to be a healthy scratch along with Brandon Pirri.

Defenseman Marc Staal is questionable after missing Monday's practice with the flu.

Tuesday marks the midway point of a six-game road trip for the Ducks, who are coming off back-to-back losses in Florida to the Panthers and Lightning, with the loss to Tampa coming in a shootout Saturday.

Unsurprisingly, Anaheim's big three forwards are leading the way offensively. Ryan Kesler leads the team with 42 points in 54 games, followed by Ryan Getzlaf's team-lead 31 assists and 39 points overall. Corey Perry has just nine goals this season, but is still producing with 36 points.

Cam Fowler leads Ducks defensemen with 11 goals and 27 points in 54 games this season.

Anaheim could be without defenseman Sami Vatanen, who left Friday's game in Florida and missed Saturday's matchup with the Lightning.

Goaltender John Gibson is expected to get the start for the Ducks. He's 20-12-8 with a 2.27 GAA and a .921 SV% this season.

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