When: Thursday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.
Opponent: vs. Anaheim (5-5-2)
Fresh off their best win of the season the New York Rangers will play the fourth of six-straight home games on Thursday night against the Anaheim Ducks, who beat New York 2-1 in a shootout in Stockholm on the season’s opening weekend.
Coach John Tortorella was so pleased with his squad’s effort on Monday night that he won’t make any lineup changes for one of the few times this season, meaning that Sean Avery won’t make his season-debut after being recalled from Connecticut on Tuesday.
Entering Monday’s game against the San Jose Sharks, New York seemed to be at a crossroads. The team had dropped its first two home games in disappointing fashion, giving up eight goals to Toronto and Ottawa and still failing to produce requisite secondary offense.
But things are much rosier on Broadway after a convincing 60-minute effort that produced a 5-2 victory over the Sharks, who had won five-straight before the Blueshirts crushed them.
Anaheim is trending in a different direction – the Ducks have lost three games in a row and have scored just five goals in those contests.
41-year-old winger Teemu Selanne nearly propelled Anaheim to victory on Tuesday with a four-point night, but the Ducks have gotten surprisingly little offense from the usually dominant top line of Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, who have combined for just two points in their last three games.
New York held that trio point-less in the first meeting of the season between these two teams and shutting them down will again be a key to victory.
But regardless of how Anaheim plays, the Blueshirts showed on Monday that if they play their game they can still beat any team in the National Hockey League.
New York has been forced to deal with a significant amount of adversity early this season, but there’s a sense of optimism that Monday’s win over the Sharks represents an early turning point. The Blueshirts enter the month of November with a 4-3-3 record, which puts them just outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
New York will be seeking to put together its first home winning streak of the season in the first of three games in four nights at Madison Square Garden. The homestand will conclude this weekend with tilts against Montreal and Winnipeg.
- Probable lines for Thursday’s game:
Brandon Dubinsky/Brad Richards/Ryan Callahan
Wojtek Wolski/Derek Stepan/Marian Gaborik
Ruslan Fedotenko/Brian Boyle/Brandon Prust
Andre Deveaux/Erik Christensen/Artem Anisimov
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