5 Things to Know: Rangers at Red Wings

BY: DAVID KOLB

NEW YORK RANGERS (43-23-2) @ DETROIT RED WINGS (26-29-11)

The Rangers conclude their road trip in Detroit, in their final game at Joe Louis Arena.

1 WHERE THEY STAND

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  • Tonight the Rangers travel to Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for the last time, as they face the Detroit Red Wings for the third time this season in an Original Six matchup
  • New York is 5-4-1 in the last 10 games
  • The Blueshirts are 24-9-0 on the road in 2016-17

2 WHO'S HOT?

  • Rangers’ forward, Mika Zibanejad scored two power play goals in the Blueshirts’ 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday
  • The first-year Ranger now has three goals in the past three games, including a game-winning goal vs. Tampa last Monday
  • Zibanejad has 11 goals and 16 assists in only 42 games, and has tallied a goal in two games against the Red Wings this season

3 SAY WHAT?

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 29: Goatlender Antti Raanta #32 of the New York Rangers during a break from the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 29, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rangers defeated the Coyotes 6-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

“I don’t try to be Hank, I just try to be myself. I know that every time when I play, it’s always a big thing for me to show what I can do. That’s what I’m trying to do right now.”

 — Rangers’ goalie, Antti Raanta on stepping in for the injured Henrik Lundqvist for the next two to three weeks

4 DID YOU KNOW?

OTTAWA, ON - DECEMBER 27: Brendan Smith #2 of the Detroit Red Wings prepares for a faceoff against the Ottawa Senators during an NHL game at Canadian Tire Centre on December 27, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Rangers’ defenseman, Brendan Smith will play his first game vs. Detroit after he was acquired by the Blueshirts on Feb. 28. Smith tallied 67 points (15-52-67) in 291 games for the Red Wings from 2011 to 2017

5 MUST-SEE VIDEO

Examine the controversial goal that cost the Rangers big-time in Carolina Thursday