BY: DAVID KOLB
NEW YORK RANGERS (29-16-1) @ DETROIT RED WINGS (20-19-7)
The Rangers travel to Detroit to face the Red Wings in an Original Six matinee today at Joe Louis Arena. This will be the second of three games the clubs will play this season after the Red Wings edged the Blueshirts, 2-1, on Oct. 19 at The Garden. The Rangers ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs Thursday. The Red Wings had their three-game winning streak snapped Friday after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Sabres.
HANK BACK IN NET
Henrik Lundqvist will get the call versus the Red Wings today and has had a great of deal success against Detroit in his career.“The King” is 5-1-1 with a 1.26 goals against average and a .956 save percentage with three shutouts in his last seven appearances against the Red Wings dating back to March 21, 2012.
NIELSEN’S NEW HOME
Frans Nielsen has gotten comfortable in Detroit after signing with the Red Wings in the offseason. The former Islander hits the ice today with three points (two goals, one assist) in his last four games. Nielsen scored in Detroit’s overtime loss to Buffalo Friday and has 10 goals with 16 assists for 26 points. The 2016 NHL All-Star picked up an assist in his first game against the Rangers earlier this season and has seven points in 10 games in January.
BUCHNEVICH’S INSTANT IMPACT
Pavel Buchnevich extended his personal point-scoring streak to eight games after scoring Thursday and has points (two goals, four assists) in each of his four games played since returning to the Blueshirts’ lineup. Buchnevich has been spectacular when healthy and is averaging a point-per-game in his rookie season, recording six goals with eight assists for 14 points in 14 tilts.
MORE FROM MATS
Mats Zuccarello tallied an assist Thursday vs. the Leafs, giving him eight goals and 28 assists for 36 points this season. The 29-year-old also extended his point streak to four games, picking up six assists during that stretch. Zuccarello was held scoreless in the first meeting with the Red Wings.