New York Rangers lineup vs Ducks has Sammy Blais and Zac Jones back in

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Apr 22, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Zac Jones #6 of the New York Rangers skates a solo lap to start warm ups before the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Elsa/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers will start a four-game homestand that begins against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Head coach Gerard Gallant confirmed forward Sammy Blais will make his season debut and defenseman Zac Jones will be back in the lineup tonight. Igor Shesterkin is expected to start against former teammates Ryan Strome and Frank Vatrano.

Here’s tonights game and broadcast info:

New York Rangers (2-1-0) vs Anaheim Ducks (1-1-0)
Date/Time: October 17, 2022 at 7:00 PM ET
Arena: Madison Square Garden
TV: MSG
Radio: ESPN 98.7

New York Rangers injury report

New York Rangers lineup vs Anaheim Ducks

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Shesterkin, 26, is 2-0-0 to start the season with a stellar 2.02 GAA and a .935 SV%. This will be Shesterkin’s first ever career start versus the Anaheim Ducks.

Blais, 26, is set to play his first regular season game since tearing his ACL on November 14, 2021. In his brief Rangers career, he has 4 assists in 14 games.

Jones, 21, will return to the lineup after missing the team’s 4-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night. In 2 games this season, he has registered no points, with 2 blocks, and a -1 rating while averaging 13:57 of time on ice.

Based on the last game and the latest lineup news the combos, and d-pairs should look as follows:

  • Kreider – Zibanejad – Kakko
  • Panarin – Trocheck – Lafrenière
  • Vesey – Chytil – Blais
  • Hunt – Goodrow – Reaves
  • Lindgren – Fox
  • Miller – Trouba
  • Jones – Schneider
  • Shesterkin
  • Halak

Rangers Game Notes

  • NYR are 21-17-1-2 all-time vs the Ducks
  • NYR are 5-0-1 in their last six games vs the Ducks
  • Artemi Panarin is tied for league lead in scoring with 6 points (1G-5A)
  • Chris Kreider is 1 GWG away from tying Steve Vickers (35) for 8th all-time in NYR history

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