After three poor performances by the offense, the Red Wings host the Rangers in an Original Six showdown.
What: New York Rangers at Detroit Red Wings
When: 7 p.m. Tonight
Where: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Records: The Red Wings are 6-4-1; the Rangers are 2-6-0
Coaches: Mike Babcock is 451-240-19-91 in his 11th season as a head coach, and 382-178-76 in his ninth season with the Red Wings. Alain Vigneault is 427-290-35-61 in his 12th season in the NHL, and 2-6-0 in his first season with the Rangers.
Season Series: The Rangers won the only meeting between the two teams 2-1 in overtime in March 2011.
|Todd Bertuzzi||Pavel Datsyuk||Daniel Alfredsson|
|Johan Franzen||Henrik Zetterberg||Tomas Tatar|
|Daniel Cleary||Stephen Weiss||Justin Abdelkader|
|Drew Miller||Joakim Andersson||Jordin Tootoo|
|Niklas Kronwall||Brendan Smith|
|Kyle Quincey||Danny DeKeyser|
|Jakub Kindl||Brian Lashoff|
|Jimmy Howard (starting)|
Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Brad Richards
Benoit Pouliot - Derick Brassard - J.T. Miller
Mats Zuccarello - Dominic Moore - Jesper Fast
Taylor Pyatt - Brian Boyle - Derek Dorsett
Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Marc Staal - Michael Del Zotto
John Moore - Anton Stralman
Cam Talbot (Starting)
Red Wings Update: The Red Wings are mired in a three-game losing streak. Everything basically went south in a 6-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. Todd Bertuzzi scored the lone goal in the loss. Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg lead the team in scoring with 11 points each. In terms of injuries, Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) remains out. Babcock has shuffled the lines again to spark the offense (more on that later).
Rangers Update: The Rangers are coming off of a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. Brad Richards scored the only goal for the Rangers, while Cam Talbot stopped 25 shots. Richards leads the Rangers in scoring with 8 points. The team has been a disaster in scoring and defense, as they rank 28th and 29th in those categories respectfully. It doesn't help that the Rangers have been hit hard with injuries as Rick Nash (concussion), Carl Hagelin (shoulder), Ryan Callahan (hand), and Henrik Lundqvist (undisclosed) are all out.
What To Watch For:
Are We There Yet?: The Rangers have yet to play a game at home this year, as Madison Square Gardens has been undergoing renovations. This is the ninth game of a nine game road trip for the Blueshirts, and it has been brutal with four games out west to start. They will play their home opener on Monday against the Montreal Canadiens.
Line Dance: Babcock continues to shuffle his lines to help the Wings' offense. The big story is the separation of Datsyuk and Zetterberg, as the latter is now centering the second line between Johan Franzen and Tomas Tatar. Datsyuk is now flanked by Bertuzzi and Daniel Alfredsson. Justin Abdelkader is now on the third line. Everything else is the same for the Wings.
Prediction: The Rangers are undergoing a transition under Vigneault, and it has been rough. This is a team with a lot of work to do, and given all their injuries, it doesn't look like a good ending for a nine game road swing. This could be just what the doctor ordered for the Red Wings.
Make It: Red Wings 3, Rangers 1
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