7:30p EST, Madison Square Garden
New York, NY
Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket // 1270 AM CBS Sports Radio
One down, one more to go. As I mentioned yesterday, if the Red Wings have even the slightest inkling of hope they can claw into the Wild Card fight they need to win both of these back to backs, preferable in regulation. Step one complete with a well played 3-1 victory over the Hurricanes. Step two involves heading to the Big Apple to take on the New York Rangers, who now sit a point behind the Wings thanks to last night’s victory.
The Rangers come into today’s game losers of their last six games and definitely sellers at the trade deadline. Similarly to last night’s opponent, the Rangers have a similar look to them as the Red Wings. Their scoring is primarily spread out amongst several forwards, with eight of them in double digits. Unlike the Red Wings they do not have a single 20 goal scorer yet as Rick Nash leads them with 18. Their blue line has been ravaged by injury (only two defensemen are over 50 games) and inability (Shattenkirk leads them in goals with 5 and only two defensemen are at a plus). Henrik Lundqvist, normally the backbone of a very stout Rangers defense, while not having a horrible season is definitely a tick or two below his normal self.
Just as with the Hurricanes last night, the Wings and Rangers have played a ton of hard fought, often going to overtime one goal games in recent seasons so I expect that to be the same again tonight.
DETROIT RED WINGS
Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Anthony Mantha
Tomas Tatar - Dylan Larkin - Andreas Athanasiou
Darren Helm - Frans Nielsen – Justin Abdelkader
Tyler Bertuzzi – Luke Glendening - Martin Frk
Jonathan Ericsson – Trevor Daley
Niklas Kronwall – Xavier Ouellet
Danny DeKeyser – Nick Jensen
Scratches: Luke Witkowski, David Booth, Mike Green
Injuries: Johan Franzen (LTIR)
NEW YORK RANGERS
Chris Kreider – Mika Zibanejad – Pavel Buchnevich
Jimmy Vesey – Kevin Hayes – Mats Zuccarello
J.T. Miller – David Deharnais – Jesper Fast
Cody McLeod – Vinni Lettieri – Paul Carey
Brady Skjei – Neal Pionk
Marc Staal – Rob O’Gara
John Gilmour – Anthony DeAngelo
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