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Ducks vs Rangers PREVIEW: Lifes Good at the Top

The Rangers face their first real challenge running the California Gauntlet

Anaheim Ducks v New York Rangers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Game # 75

Anaheim Ducks vs New York Rangers

Sunday, March 26th, 2016, 6:00 PM PST

Honda Center


Radio: AM 830,

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Riding a three game win streak and now sitting on top of the Pacific Division, the Ducks will face off against a Rangers team on the second half of a back to back. There is good news for the Rangers however, starting Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will be returning from a seven game absence due to a hip injury.

The Rangers will be fresh off of a hard fought victory from last night against the LA Kings. It’ll be interesting to see how much support the newly returned Lundqvist gets with a potentially tired group of skaters in front of him. Some of that support should come in the form of Dan Girardi, who played very well in his first game back from injury last night against the Kings. Regardless of how tonight’s game plays out, we should be thanking the Rangers for basically ending any hope for the playoffs that the Kings had.

The Ducks have been playing some great hockey at the right time of the year and find themselves jostling for the top spot of the Pacific along with San Jose. Lindholm is reportedly 100% after taking a puck to the foot late in Friday’s game and will be fine for tonights game. Kevin Bieksa skated yesterday but his status is still uncertain while he nurses a swollen face after taking a nasty high stick from the Oiler game. Gibson is practicing again but there is still no timetable for his return according to Carlyle. With Gibson out, Jonathan Bernier has answered the call. In his past 12 games, he’s posted a .940% and has gone 9-2-1. The Ducks have finally found some consistency as of late, winning the last three and 7 of the last 9. Even though it’s an Eastern Conference opponent, any points the Ducks can get down the final stretch would be greatly appreciated.