Rangers’ Alexei Emelin: ‘I’m going to play with the puck’
Rangers’ defenseman Alexei Engelland says he’s ready to play in all situations on Tuesday night against the Anaheim Ducks.
“I’m ready to go,” he said.
“I’m just going to keep working hard, keep learning and trying to get better.”
In the Rangers lineup, Engeldens’ goal and assist numbers have improved each game, and he’s been a healthy scratch in the past four.
The 28-year-old Engelli is tied for the team lead with four points (three goals, two assists) in eight games.
He has not played in a Rangers uniform since March 22.
“Obviously, there’s a lot of pressure on me right now,” Engella said.
The Ducks are coming off a 4-3 loss at Toronto last Thursday, their third consecutive loss at home. “
It’s a little bit tough, but I’m trying to play as much as I can.”
The Ducks are coming off a 4-3 loss at Toronto last Thursday, their third consecutive loss at home.
Engelemen has three points (one goal, one assist) in seven games.
Ducks rookie Nick Bjugstad has been sidelined since April 11 with an upper-body injury.
Bjugandas, the NHL’s second-leading scorer with 30 goals and 40 assists, has four points in six games.
Engellands, who turns 22 on Tuesday, had 11 goals and 23 points in 24 games with the New York Islanders last season.
He had four goals and seven points in five games for the Islanders in 2014-15.
The Rangers are 0-1-0 in their past seven games at home, including a 4,000-foot road trip that includes four consecutive road games against the Edmonton Oilers and the Winnipeg Jets.
The Ducks won their third straight game, 4-1, at home against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.
Ducks center Andrew Cogliano scored the winner.
The Ducks led 1-0 after the first period but the Blackhawks took a 3-2 lead in the third.
Jared Spurgeon scored for the Ducks.
Travis Hamonic and Jake Virtanen each had a goal.
The Oilers were without center Connor McDavid (lower body), defenseman Anthony Mantha (upper body), goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (lower-body) and goaltender Ryan Miller (upper-body).
McDavid, who has missed five games with an undisclosed injury, had a team-high 17 shots on goal.
He made 18 saves.
The Jets were without defenseman Andrew Ladd (lower leg) and goalie Connor Hellebuyck (upper leg).
Ladd was not with the team.
Ladd made 12 saves in the first meeting between the teams last season, a 5-3 shootout win for the Oilers.
The Sabres won 6-4 at home in the season opener.
The Sabres are 8-3-0 at home this season, with a 4.30 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.
The Wild defeated the Ducks 3-1 at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
Wild forward Brandon Saad scored two goals and an assist.
Ryan Carter made 26 saves in a 4 1/2-minute span to help the Wild win its first three games this season.
Carter was 3-0-0 with a 1.94 goals-plus-save percentage.
The 23-year.old Carter has one shutout.
The Devils lost 5-1 to the Bruins in their season opener on Monday night.
New Jersey goaltender Cory Schneider stopped all 34 shots he faced for his fifth win in six starts this season and fifth overall.
The Hurricanes lost 5 1/4 to the Oilers in a shootout on Sunday.
Carolina goalie Cam Ward stopped all 29 shots he saw for his first shutout of the season.