After an extremely disappointing effort against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Rangers are back in action against the struggling Ducks (7:00PM on MSG).

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Rangers vs Ducks

The Blueshirts are coming off a bad defeat to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Blueshirts found themselves down 4-1 after the first period and they were largely outplayed for the third period as well as the first period. New York has now been defeated in three of the past four games and they have lost each game by four goals. 

For the Rangers, they need a “get right game” and they could not have asked for a better opponent then the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks are on a terrible skid as they have just one win in their past 13 games. Their one win came in the shootout. But the Rangers know they can’t take them lightly or they can be upset by one of the basement teams in the league. When the Sharks were near the bottom when they came to New York, San Jose had multiple leads against the Rangers and they nearly completed a late third period comeback. 

Ryan Strome will return to Madison Square Garden as a member of the visiting team. Strome played parts of four seasons with the Rangers and he revived his career on broadway. The former fifth overall pick of the Islanders struggled on the island, before being traded to Edmonton. The Rangers acquired Strome from Edmonton in exchange for Ryan Spooner and Strome found himself a home as the center for Artemi Panarin. The 30-year-old recorded 195 points in 263 career games with the Rangers in the regular season. Strome currently has 17 points on the season. 

Frank Vatrano was acquired by the Rangers just a couple seasons ago prior to the trade deadline as the Rangers charged to the Eastern Conference Finals. Vatrano is now the Ducks leading point scorer with 23 points in 28 games including 14 goals. The Blueshirts will be familiar with Vatrano’s speed and his rocket of a shot. 

Lukas Dostal will be in the net for the Ducks. Dostal is 5-5-0 on the season with an .885 save percentage and a 3.95 goals-against-average. 

For the Blueshirts, Jonathan Quick will be back in the goal for New York. Quick is 8-0-1 on the season with a .922 save percentage. With Quick starting in New York, Igor Shesterkin will start on Saturday evening in Boston for a tough matchup against the Bruins. Shesterkin has been shaky as of late, but a strong performance against the Bruins could be what he needs to get back on track. 

K’Andre Miller sat out against Toronto for personal reasons, and he will be out of the lineup on Friday night against Anaheim. The Rangers will be hoping to have Miller back in Boston. Zac Jones will join the lineup as long as Miller is out. 

Adam Edstrom has been recalled from Hartford. Jimmy Vesey was hit in the face with a puck in practice and would not return. Another player woke up feeling under the weather. The call up of Edstrom is precautionary in case one of Vesey or the sick player is not available. 

The bet of the night – The New York Rangers -1.5 puck line. The Rangers really need this game and they need to play a clean and crisp game against a team that has been struggling mightily. A $5 bet will pay out $8.84 for a profit of $3.84.

Current record: 10-5

Current Money Total (Based on $5 bets) – We are up $37.16 on the season

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