Preview: Red Wings battle New York Rangers
Detroit travels to Madison Square Garden
NEW YORK, New York – Henrik Lundqvist vies for his 300th career victory on Sunday as the New York Rangers host the Detroit Red Wings. The Swedish Olympian turned aside 22 shots while Rick Nash and Derek Stepan each collected a goal and an assist as New York snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 triumph over Carolina on Friday. Lundqvist and the Rangers got the better of the Red Wings in their last meeting, as the former made 38 saves in a 1-0 victory on Jan. 16.
Mats Zuccarello scored the lone goal in that encounter and notched an assist in his return from a broken hand against the Hurricanes. Jimmy Howard, who stopped a season-high 47 shots against New York in the previous meeting, is expected to start on Sunday after receiving the night off on Friday. Johan Franzen scored two goals and set up two others while Gustav Nyquist also recorded a four-point performance (one goal, three assists) in the Red Wings' 7-4 victory over New Jersey.
TV: 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, TSN2, RDS2
ABOUT THE RED WINGS (29-21-13): Franzen seems to have put his concussion issues behind him after recording six goals and five assists in five games since the Olympic break. Coupled with Nyquist and Detroit native David Legwand, the top line combined for four goals and 11 points on Friday. "Obviously, two great players, world-class players and it's an honor to play with them. We had the puck (Friday), we were moving it and I think obviously when you can move and skate, it's going to create some chances and opportunities," Legwand said.
ABOUT THE RANGERS (34-26-4): While all the best shows are on Broadway, the same cannot be said for the mediocre performance of Alain Vigneault's team at home (15-15-4). "There's not a road way or a home way to play," the coach told the New York Daily News. After Sunday's contest, New York puts its impressive 19-11-0 road record to the test as it plays 11 of its remaining 17 games away from Madison Square Garden.
1. Detroit has recorded at least one power-play goal in five straight games and eight of its last nine.
2. Stepan is riding a five-game point streak (one goal, six assists) but has just one point in four career meetings with the Red Wings.
3. With G Jonas Gustavsson nursing a sore groin, Detroit recalled G Petr Mrazek from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League to serve as the backup to Howard.
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