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Detroit winless in past six games; Panarin returns from injury for Rangers

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

RED WINGS (12-35-4) at RANGERS (23-21-4)

7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, MSG, FS-D+, NHL.TV


The Game

The New York Rangers will have forward Artemi Panarin back in the lineup when they host the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden on Friday in the first of a home-and-home.

New York, which trails the Carolina Hurricanes by 11 points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, is playing for the first time since a 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders Jan. 21. Panarin missed that game and the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game because of an upper-body injury. He has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in his past six games and is fifth in the NHL in scoring with 68 points (26 goals, 42 assists).

The Rangers have scored three goals in their past two games.

Detroit has been outscored 29-10 during a six-game winless streak (0-5-1). This is the Red Wings' first game since Jan. 22.


Players to watch

Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has two goals and three assists during a three-game point streak. He has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past 11 games.

Rangers forward Chris Kreider has scored three goals in his past four games.

They said it

"Obviously, the break was nice; everybody stayed away. It's been a tough go, but hopefully now with 31 games left, we can play better, win some games and kind of feel better about ourselves." -- Red Wings center Valtteri Filppula

"Right now, regardless of who we're playing, these points are points we have to have. Obviously when the season starts, every team states that they want to make the playoffs; we're no different than anybody else. We can't think about that. We have to think about taking care of the task at hand and being dialed in night in and night out, regardless of our opponent." -- Rangers coach David Quinn


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Filip Zadina

Brendan Perlini -- Valtteri Filppula -- Robby Fabbri

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Adam Erne

Givani Smith -- Luke Glendening -- Justin Abdelkader

Patrik Nemeth -- Filip Hronek

Dennis Cholowski -- Madison Bowey

Jonathan Ericsson -- Alex Biega

Jimmy Howard

Calvin Pickard

Scratched: Christoffer Ehn, Trevor Daley

Injured: Andreas Athanasiou (lower body), Anthony Mantha (upper body), Mike Green (finger), Danny DeKeyser (back), Jonathan Bernier (lower body)


Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast

Brendan Lemieux -- Filip Chytil -- Kaapo Kakko

Brett Howden -- Greg McKegg -- Brendan Smith

Ryan Lindgren -- Jacob Trouba

Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo

Brady Skjei -- Adam Fox

Igor Shesterkin

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: Micheal Haley, Alexandar Georgiev

Injured: None


Status report

Ericsson will play for the first time since he broke his nose against the Los Angeles Kings on Dec. 15. ... Nielsen is expected to return after he missed Detroit's last game before the All-Star break because of an upper-body injury. ... Athanasiou has returned to practice, but the forward, who has been out since Dec. 29, will not play. He is also unlikely to play Saturday against the Rangers in Detroit. ... Bernier participated in the morning skate but is not expected to play this weekend; the goalie has missed the past six games. … Strome is expected to play after leaving practice early on Thursday because of the flu.


Stat pack

Filppula will play his 999th NHL game. Zadina has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past four games. Howard is 0-14-2 in his past 16 games. … Zibanejad has four points (one goal, three assists) in his past three games.

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