Meanwhile, the Red Wings will start Ty Conklin in net after the veteran goaltender cleared re-entry waivers. Rookie Jordan Pearce will serve as his backup, with starter Jimmy Howard (groin) and regular backup Joey MacDonald (back) out of commission.
Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom skated at Madison Square Garden this morning, but he will not play against the Rangers. Also out of the lineup for the banged-up Red Wings: center Darren Helm (knee), right wingJohan Franzen (back), defensemanJonathan Ericsson (wrist) and defenseman Jakub Kindl (upper body).
Henrik Lundqvist will make his third straight start in net for the Rangers.
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