Practice Notes: Dan Boyle back in the lineup, Cam Talbot to start
After four straight days without a game, the Rangers (11-9-4) will travel to Detroit (15-6-5) to take on the Red Wings for the second time this season.
The Rangers struggled at times on Monday, losing by a final score of 6-3. Henrik Lundqvist allowed five goals on the first 17 shots that he faced, and the Rangers also struggled defensively.
However, Cam Talbot will get the start on Saturday. Talbot has fond memories of Detroit, when he won his first career NHL game there on October 26, 2013, making 32 saves on 34 shots. Derick Brassard would win the game in overtime for the Rangers.
This move makes sense. Despite the long break, Henrik needs to take a game or two off and think about how to get back to his usual form. Similar to last season, Lundqvist is struggling a bit out of the gates. Talbot has won his last two games, shutting out the Flyers in both of those wins.
With wins in his last two starts, Talbot is now 2-2-1 with a .924 save percentage and a 2.21 goals allowed average.
After missing two games with the flu, Dan Boyle will be back in the Rangers lineup. Boyle was playing very well prior to his illness, scoring his first two goals of the season, both on the power play. The Rangers have been much better on the power play as of late, scoring on the man advantage in their last four games. The presence of Dan Boyle will make the power play even better.
Tanner Glass has resumed skating after missing the last three games with the mumps. Even though he has resumed skating, he will not travel with the team to Detroit, and will miss his fourth straight game.
Anthony Duclair skated as an extra in practice, which means that he will likely be scratched for the third straight game on Saturday. Duclair, who has seven points (1-6-7) this season, has shown flashes of brilliance, but has struggled to play well consistently. JT Miller, who has played the last two games, will skate alongside Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast on the fourth line.
Martin St. Louis has been one of the hottest players for the Rangers. St. Louis has 9 goals in his last 14 games, and scored on the power play against Tampa Bay. He will be skating with Derek Stepan on Saturday, who has also been red hot, putting up 13 points (2-11-13) in his first 12 games.
Rick Nash has been the Rangers best and most consistent players this season. With an assist in the game against the Lightning, Nash extended his point streak to six games, and has earned at least one point in 19 of New York’s 24 games this season. Nash is tied for second in the NHL in goals with 16, and has 26 points (16-10-26) already. Having a healthy and effective Nash greatly improves this Rangers team.
Derick Brassard has also been one of the best players for the Blueshirts. Brassard has stepped up and has played well in the first line center role, tallying 20 points (8-12-20) in the first 24 games of the year> Brassard also played well in the last game against the Red Wings this season, picking up an assist and scoring the game winner in overtime. He is the Ranger Zone player to watch.
The Red Wings are coming off a 5-2 victory over the Stars on Thursday. Pavel Datsyuk scored a power play goal in the first period, giving him 11 this season. Despite playing just 15 games due to injury, Datsyuk has 19 points this season.
Because Saturday’s game, which is the first of a back-and-back for the Red Wings, is home for Detroit. Jimmy Howard will likely be the starter. Howard is 12-5-4 with a 2.22 GAA and a .916 save percentage.
The Rangers and the Red Wings will face off at 7 PM, and the game will be broadcasted on MSG Networks.
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