At a glance: The last time these two teams met, the Rangers were roundly embarrassed in a 6-0 shutout loss to the Ducks that only heaped on the humiliation considering the 9-2 bludgeoning the Blueshirts suffered at the hands of the San Jose Sharks just two nights prior. Now back on the East coast with three straight wins and a .500 record within reach, the Rangers are eager to prove this is a different one that showed up in Anaheim earlier this season.
Captain returns: It will definitely help the Rangers cause that captain Ryan Callahan, who missed the past seven games with a broken left thumb, will return to the lineup to face the Ducks, one of the Pacific Division’s best squads. Just like Carl Hagelin’s addition last week, Callahan’s return is expected to provide a huge offensive boost to the Blueshirts.
Fightin’ words: Asked about the Rangers’ loss to Anaheim back on October 10, coach Alain Vigneault took a not-so-subtle dig at coach Bruce Boudreau and the Ducks. Vigneault brought up the fact that they put their first power-play unit on the ice with a huge lead late in their game. Boudreau was ready and waiting with a comeback when asked about the matter Monday afternoon. “Has he seen our power-play?” Boudreau joked, referencing the fact that the Ducks’ woeful unit is a mere 4-for-58 on the man-advantage for a league’s worst 6.9$ success rate.
Long trip: The Rangers are the last thing between the Anaheim Ducks and their own beds as the team wraps an eight-game, 15-day road trip. Of course, the Rangers know all about that having spent the first nine games of the season away from Madison Square Garden.
Miller likely to sit: Though Vigneault said he hadn’t fully decided, it appears JT Miller will be scratched Monday against Anaheim to make room for Callahan's return to the lineup. The young forward had a rough game against Carolina on Saturday and skated late with depth defenseman Justin Faulk during the team’s morning skate.