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Rangers take on the Red Wings in Original Six battle; Klein back in the lineup

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

UPDATE: Jimmy Howard will start for Detroit, not Petr Mrazek. Howard is making his season debut. He’s had success against the Ramgers in the past and has been in some great goalie battles against Lundqvist over the past three or four years so this should be a good one. 

The Rangers (2-1-0) will look to start their first winning streak of the season when they take on the Detroit Red Wings (1-2-0) at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers are coming off of a thrilling seven goal win over the Sharks on Monday, a game that featured seven different goal scorers and another two-point game from Chris Kreider in Antti Raanta’s season debut. New York nearly surrendered a three goal lead but managed to respond and hold on.

The Red Wings last played on Monday, their final season opener at the Joe Louis Arena. They beat the Senators 5-1, with defenseman Mike Green scoring his first career hat trick and two goals from Darren Helm.

Petr Mrazek made 31 saves for his first win of the season. Last year Mrazek 27-16-6 with a 2.33 GAA and a .921 save percentage. He has the ability to steal games away and has shown flashes of that in the past.

After being bought out by the Wild this offseason, Thomas Vanek signed a one year, $2.6 million contract with Detroit to try and prove himself. So far through three games, he’s been one of the team’s best players, scoring two goals and five points through the team’s five games. His line with Darren Helm (2-2-4) and Gustav Nyquist (0-3-3) have been really good, and Vanek is a player to watch out for.

Dylan Larkin finished in fifth place in Calder Trophy voting last season after scoring 23 goals and 22 assists in his rookie season. This year, Detroit decided to move him to center instead of the wing, and he’s had a bit of trouble adjusting. So far, he has just one assist and a minus five rating. But he’s still a talented player and a threat on the ice.

Alain Vigneault has offered some updates on the injured players. Dan Girardi is out tonight but will begin skating on his own tomorrow, and Buchnevich remains out with back spasms. However, Kevin Klein will make his season debut tonight, pairing with Marc Staal.

Henrik Lundqivst returns between the pipes tonight after a subpar two games to start the season. He’s had a lot of success against the Red Wings, posting a 5-0-1 record with a 1.14 GAA, a .963 save percentage and three shutouts in his last six games against the team.

We’ll keep talking about Chris Kreider until he makes us stop talking about him. Kreider has been playing like a man possessed, with a goal and an assist in all three games this season. He’s constantly attacking the net and creating a ton of scoring chances. He has posted a stat line of 3-4-7 in nine career games against Detroit and is poised for another big night.

Rick Nash was on that second line with Kreider and Zibanejad and definitely benefited from it. He played his best game of the season and it was not solely because of the goal. Anyone who plays with Kreider and Zibanejad seems to benefit from it, and it was Nash on Monday. In 62 career games against Detroit, Nash has scored 27 goals and 50 points, the most goals against any single team for him.

The Rangers and the Red Wings will face off at Madison Square Garden at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on NBCSN.

EXPECTED LINEUP

Jimmy Vesey-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Rick Nash

JT Miller-Kevin Hayes-Jesper Fast

Michael Grabner-Josh Jooris-Brandon Pirri

Ryan McDonagh-Nick Holden

Marc Staal-Kevin Klein

Brady Skjei-Adam Clendening

Henrik Lundqvist

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Posted on October 19, 2016, in Game Previews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The way Kreider has played he deserves an A on his jersey.He has been providing important leadership to his line mates. Buchnevich seems very relaxed playing with him. He seems to also be taking advantage of his size this season by hitting, intimidating, separating the opponents from the puck. With his speed and the shot he possesses he will have big season and the team will reap the benefits. He just has to work on his defensive play as he is a minus 1 on the season.

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  2. I just hope we see Kreider keep this play going. I don’t mean scoring every game I mean playing fast n hard n going to net full speed. We’ve seen him have a group of great games several times only to not be seesfor a week or two. However I do feel like he came into this season with a purpose n sees he’s one of the veterans now n he want to lead like one. Let’s hope so

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