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Red Wings at Rangers preview

New York eyes seventh straight home win; Detroit looks for more production from Mantha

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

RED WINGS (10-9-3) at RANGERS (11-9-2)

7 p.m. ET; MSG2, FS-D, NHL.TV


The Game

The New York Rangers will try for their seventh consecutive victory at Madison Square Garden when they host the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. 

The Rangers, who have won three straight, will be without defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who will miss his second game in a row with an abdominal strain. The New York captain will be re-evaluated by team doctors on Sunday, coach Alain Vigneault said.

The Rangers haven't lost at the Garden since a 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 23. New York is 9-3-0 overall since.

The Red Wings have lost their past two games (0-1-1) and four of their past six (2-2-2).


Players to watch

Detroit forward Anthony Mantha has no points in his past three games after having 11 points (six goals, five assists) in his previous eight games. 

Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith had an assist and played a season-high 19:56 in a 6-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday. He will face his former team for the second time; Detroit traded him to New York on Feb. 28.


They said it

"The one thing with Anthony is, I've told him this, that for us to be great, I think he's got to be great. That comes with lots of responsibility. That comes with pressure. If I didn't think he was good enough to be a great player, I wouldn't do it." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on forward Anthony Mantha

"There's a lot of really good players on our back end and we filled that role and I thought we did a good job. It's just one game. Hopefully we get [McDonagh] back as soon as possible, but if not, I think we have a lot back there to fill that role." -- Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith on playing without defenseman Ryan McDonagh

Red Wings projected lineup

Anthony Mantha -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Justin Abdelkader -- Dylan Larkin -- Tomas Tatar

Luke Glendening -- Frans Nielsen -- Darren Helm

Scott Wilson -- Andreas Athanasiou

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green

Niklas Kronwall -- Nick Jensen

Xavier Ouellet

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: David Booth

Injured: Martin Frk (groin)

Suspended: Luke Witkowski


Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich

Michael Grabner -- J.T. Miller -- Mats Zuccarello

Rick Nash -- Kevin Hayes -- Jesper Fast

Jimmy Vesey -- Boo Nieves -- Paul Carey

Brady Skjei -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Marc Staal -- Steven Kampfer

Brendan Smith -- Nick Holden

Henrik Lundqvist

Ondrej Pavelec

Scratched: David Desharnais

Injured: Ryan McDonagh (abdominal strain)


Status report

Neither team had a morning skate so the lineups are to be determined.


Stat pack

Howard has a .952 save percentage in six career starts at New York, though he's 2-3-1. … Kreider, Zibanejad and Buchnevich have combined for 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) in the past 11 games. Lundqvist is 8-2-0 in his past 10 starts and has held opponents to three goals or fewer in six of his past seven starts (5-2-0, 14 goals allowed, one shutout).

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