NEW YORK -- A couple of backup goalies could get their chance to perform on the big stage Tuesday night, when the New York Rangers host the Anaheim Ducks at Madison Square Garden.
The Ducks will be playing the second game of a back-to-back road set after earning their fourth straight win Monday by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2, on Monday night. The Rangers were off Monday after falling to the visiting Vegas Golden Knights, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon.
Both teams likely tipped their hands Monday regarding their goalie decisions for Tuesday.
By starting John Gibson for the third straight game -- Gibson earned the win against the Penguins by making 28 saves -- the Ducks (19-11-5) all but ensured Chad Johnson will make his debut with the club against the Rangers. Johnson was claimed off waivers from the St. Louis Blues on Dec. 11, two days after Anaheim lost backup goalie Ryan Miller to a sprained knee.
Once Johnson takes the ice for the Ducks, he'll have suited up for more than a quarter of the 31-team NHL. Anaheim will be the eighth team for whom Johnson has played in a career that began with the Rangers in December 2009.
"At the end of the day, I look at it that I'm in the NHL," Johnson told The Athletic on Sunday. "I've had a 10-year career from my first game with the Rangers when I was 23 and I'm 32 now. I look at it -- there's obviously more that I always feel like I have and can offer if it was the right situations that I get myself into. But I'm OK with it. >> READ MORE
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