NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, February 5th
(All times eastern)
Detroit Red Wings (33-14-6) at New York Rangers (25-23-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings will aim for a fourth consecutive
victory tonight, when they visit the New York Rangers in a battle of Original
Six franchises at Madison Square Garden.
This evening's game also will mark the first time Rangers winger Brendan
Shanahan is playing against his former club since signing with New York in the
offseason. Shanahan, owner of 624 career goals, won three Stanley Cups during
his nine-season stint in Detroit. He is leading the Rangers in goal scoring
this year with 26 tallies.
The Red Wings were last in action Friday and posted a 5-3 win over the
visiting St. Louis Blues. Kris Draper's short-handed goal in the third period
proved to be the game-winner as Detroit picked up its 10th straight victory at
Henrik Zetterberg had a four-point night with a goal and three assists, while
Tomas Holmstrom posted two goals and an assist for the Red Wings. Daniel
Cleary also scored, Nicklas Lidstrom had three assists and Dominik Hasek
finished with 24 saves.
While Detroit has done a great deal of its damage with a 19-3-3 record at home
this season, the club is still a solid 14-11-3 as the away team as well.
The Red Wings are fourth in the Western Conference with 72 points and are just
five points away from Central Division and conference-leading Nashville.
Meanwhile, the Rangers will try to avoid a third straight loss this evening.
The Blueshirts were in Tampa on Saturday and dropped a 3-2 decision to the
Lightning. Johan Holmqvist stopped 24-of-26 shots in the win, and Vincent
Lecavalier tallied the game-winning goal.
Jason Krog and Michael Nylander scored for New York, while Henrik Lundqvist
stopped 38 shots.
The Rangers have struggled at home recently, dropping four of their last five
at MSG. They are just 10-11-3 overall as the host this season.
Tonight's game will mark the only meeting of the season between the Rangers
and Detroit. The Red Wings have taken eight of the last nine encounters,
including last year's matchup on January 14 in Detroit.
02/05 10:37:48 ET