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Monday, October 7th (All times Eastern)

New York Rangers (0-1-0) at Los Angeles Kings (1-1-0), 10:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Returning captain Ryan Callahan and the New York Rangers will try to spoil the home opener of the Los Angeles Kings as the two clubs clash on Monday night.

New York is playing the second contest of its season-opening nine-game road trip and is expected to have Callahan in action after he missed Thursday's 4-1 loss to Phoenix while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

The 28-year-old had 16 goals and 15 assists in 45 games last season after netting 29 goals in 76 games the previous campaign.

Callahan will begin the season on the third line with Brian Boyle and Taylor Pyatt as head coach Alain Vigneault works him into game shape, but the talented two-way forward also is expected to see time on the power play and penalty kill.

"I'm excited. It's been a long summer trying to recover from this, with rehab and everything else, not being able to participate that much in training camp or any of the preseason games and obviously in Phoenix. I've been chomping at the bit to get back on the ice and I'm excited about (Monday)," said Callahan.

The Rangers are hoping to avoid their third straight 0-2 start after losing their opener. Marc Staal had the lone goal for New York and Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in Vigneault's coaching debut with the club.

"When we got caught out there on a few shifts on some long changes, we got caught running around a little bit," said Staal. "That's something we'll have to iron out. We had some good d-zone coverage and some not so good. We've got to learn from the good and correct the bad."

The Kings split a pair of road games to begin their season, claiming a shootout victory in Minnesota on Thursday ahead of a 5-3 setback in Winnipeg the following night.

Matt Greene had an early goal, while Jeff Carter and Justin Williams put home power-play goals in the third period to make it a one-goal game. However, the Jets sealed things with an empty-net tally.

"We were outplayed, but we were also outshooting them and putting pucks on the net," said Kings coach Darryl Sutter.

Jonathan Quick yielded four goals on 27 shots before Ben Scrivens took over between the pipes. Scrivens, who spent the first two years of his career with Toronto, stopped all five shots he saw in his Kings' debut.

Los Angeles, which also hosts Ottawa on Wednesday, notched a 3-2 overtime victory over New York when the clubs last met on Oct. 7, 2011 in Sweden. The clubs are meeting in L.A. for the first time since a 2-1 Kings victory on Feb. 2, 2010.

10/07 10:31:37 ET

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Schedule

Thursday, April 24Full Scoreboard
Boston 4/24 8:00 PM ET
Detroit NBCSN, TSN, NESN, FSN-DET
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. Boston leads series, 2-1.
Colorado 4/24 9:30 PM ET
Minnesota CNBC, TSN2, Alt, FSN-N,WI
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. Colorado leads series, 2-1.
San Jose 4/24 10:30 PM ET
Los Angeles NBCSN, CBC, FSN-W, CSN-CA
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. San Jose leads series, 3-0.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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