Morning Skate: Detroit Red Wings @ New York Rangers – Preview, How to Watch
Time: 17:00 ET
Place: Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
TV: BSDET, MSG
Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket
Rangers Blog: Blue shirt joke
Don’t look now people but him Detroit Red Wings they are in the middle of (waaaaay too soon) the playoff race. After closing the New York Islanders 3-0 yesterday afternoon and ending their five-game winning streak, the Red Wings are at 6-3-2. Good enough for third place in the highly grouped after Boston Atlantic Division. They’ll look to continue their solid, if sometimes inconsistent, start to the season by traveling to New York to try to get over .500 against teams from the Empire State as they take on the Rangers.
The Blueshirts come into today’s game winners of three of their last four games and 6-4-2 overall on the season. Up front they are led by the usual suspects of Mika Zibanejad (G/A), Artemi Panarin (G/A), Chris Kreider (G/A) and newcomer Vincent Trocheck (G/A). Beyond that quartet, their forwards have struggled to produce offensively with Alexis LaFreniere (G/A) and Kaapo Kakko (G/A) the only others with at least five points in seasons. In the end, it’s a similar story as perennial Norris candidate Adam Fox continues to lead the blue line offensively with 10 points (3G/7A), but the next closest defensemen to him in terms of points are K’Andre Miller and Jacob Finds who are tied with three each. While New York is a bit heavy offensively, they are collectively a strong defensive team, ranking in the top ten in fewest shots allowed per game (29.0) and 0.01 of the top ten in goals allowed per game ( 2.91) despite playing one. or two more games than almost every team ahead of them. In net, it’s been a bit of a tale of two goaltenders for the Rangers, with Igor Shesterkin playing at his typical Vezina level with a .918 save percentage and backup Jaroslav Halak struggling to keep pace, allowing 11 goals in three games with one . 867 savings percentage. With teams continuing the trend of “playing their reserve against the Red Wings,” this might not be so bad overall, but with the Rangers and Shesterkin coming off a 5-2 loss in their last game against Boston and this game coming back thursday there is a problem good chance new york could use this game to get the vezina winner they get a bounce back game.
This has the makings of another one of those “measuring stick” games for Detroit. On the road, second half a back, playing a strong defensive team that has had a few days off to rest. If the Boys in Red can find a way to steal some points in what has historically been a difficult place for them to do so, I could see their confidence continue to rise as we edge ever closer to the much talked about date of Thanksgiving with the Network. Fins fighting for the playoffs.
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