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Preview: Rangers at Red Wings

New York looks to keep pace in Metropolitan Division; Detroit can extend point streak to five

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

RANGERS (29-16-1) at RED WINGS (20-19-7)

12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, NHL.TV

 

Rangers team scope

After giving up 16 goals in three straight losses, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves in a 5-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday and is expected to start. "I didn't see that many shots, but it was pretty good scoring chances every time they had a shot," he said. "When I'm in the situation I'm in, every save matters." The Rangers are trying not to lose ground in the tough Metropolitan Division standings. "Everyone in our division is winning, and a three-game slide is not great to have in the second half of the year here going downhill to the playoffs," Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh said.

 

Red Wings team scope

Petr Mrazek could make his second straight start for the Detroit Red Wings. He made 34 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. "I thought Petr Mrazek was very good," coach Jeff Blashill told the Red Wings website after the game. "I thought he made some excellent saves, especially in the first period. ... I think he is trending in the right direction." The loss ended Detroit's three-game winning streak, but they are 3-0-1 in their past four and have won three straight games at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings were not happy with their play in the third period. "To go up late and then watch it kind of disappear in the last five minutes of the game, and not be able to come back in overtime, it [stunk]," Red Wings forward Darren Helm said.

 

Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Derek Stepan -- Mats Zuccarello

Pavel Buchnevich -- Mika Zibanejad -- Rick Nash

Michael Grabner -- Kevin Hayes -- J.T. Miller

Jimmy Vesey -- Oscar Lindberg -- Brandon Pirri

Ryan McDonagh -- Dan Girardi

Nick Holden -- Kevin Klein

Brady Skjei -- Adam Clendening

Henrik Lundqvist

Magnus Hellberg

Scratched: None

Injured: Marc Staal (concussion), Matt Puempel (concussion), Jesper Fast (upper body), Antti Raanta (lower body)

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Anthony Mantha

Thomas Vanek -- Frans Nielsen -- Andreas Athanasiou

Tomas Tatar -- Riley Sheahan -- Dylan Larkin

Darren Helm -- Luke Glendening -- Justin Abdelkader

Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green

Alexey Marchenko -- Jonathan Ericsson

Xavier Ouellet -- Nick Jensen

Petr Mrazek

Jared Coreau

Scratched: Tomas Jurco, Steve Ott, Ryan Sproul, Drew Miller

Injured: Tyler Bertuzzi (ankle), Jimmy Howard (knee), Niklas Kronwall (groin), Brendan Smith (knee)

 

Status report

Puempel skated with the Rangers at practice on Saturday, but is not expected to play Sunday, or Monday against the Los Angeles Kings. … Helm returned to the lineup in Buffalo after missing 28 games with a shoulder injury and scored a go-ahead goal in the third period. … The Red Wings did not practice on Saturday.

 

Who's hot

Buchnevich has two goals and four assists in a four-game point streak since returning from injury. … Kreider has 14 points (10 goals) in his past 13 games. … Vanek has five goals and five assists in his past eight games.

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