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National Hockey League
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NY Rangers at Detroit
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Where: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

Fresh off completing a successful six-game road trip, the Detroit Red Wings face a stern challenge from the red-hot New York Rangers when the Original Six rivals meet at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday. Tomas Tatar scored to snap a tie in the third period as Detroit posted a 4-3 victory over Nashville on Saturday to win its second straight and finish 4-1-1 on its trek. Tatar also scored with 7.7 seconds remaining in the third in an eventual 4-3 overtime loss to New York on Nov. 5.

Tatar also set up Darren Helm's go-ahead goal in the Red Wings' 3-2 victory over the Rangers on Dec. 6. Rick Nash scored in both meetings and added his team-leading 38th goal to seal New York's 4-1 triumph over the Predators on Monday. The Rangers improved to 9-1-1 in their last 11 and begin their five-game road trip residing one point behind the first-place New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division, albeit with three contests in hand.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RSN

ABOUT THE RANGERS (39-17-6): Mats Zuccarello notched two assists as he wasted little time paying dividends after agreeing to terms on a four-year, $18 million contract extension on Monday. The 27-year-old Norwegian missed practice on Tuesday with a maintenance day but is expected to be in the lineup versus Detroit. Derick Brassard also set up two goals against Nashville and scored 1:50 into overtime in the first meeting with the Red Wings.

ABOUT THE RED WINGS (35-15-11): Detroit will have two new cogs in its lineup after acquiring forward Erik Cole from Dallas on Sunday and defenseman Marek Zidlicky from New Jersey one day later. "I'm excited about the guys; as long as they're competitive, everything will work out fine," coach Mike Babcock said. The Red Wings also are hoping to have Henrik Zetterberg back in the lineup as the captain has missed four contests since taking a shot to the head from Jamie Benn of the Stars on Feb. 21.

OVERTIME

1. New York G Cam Talbot owns a 9-2-2 record since taking over for the injured Henrik Lundqvist (vascular injury).

2. Red Wings G Jimmy Howard is just 3-2-1 lifetime versus the Rangers despite recording a slim 1.98 goals-against average.

3. New York's James Sheppard. who skated with fourth-liners C Dominic Moore and RW Jesper Fast in Tuesday's practice, is expected to make his debut with his new team after being acquired from San Jose on Sunday.

PREDICTION: Rangers 4, Red Wings 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
NY Rangers 39-17-1-5 W1 21-7-1-4 18-10-0-1 4-1-1-0 35-16-0-5 16-5-0-1
Detroit 35-15-2-9 W2 17-5-0-7 18-10-2-2 4-0-0-1 31-15-2-8 9-8-1-5
Last Meeting
NY Rangers Detroit
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/6/14 NYR 2 DET 3 29 31 0-7 34 27 0-3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
NY Rangers D. Brassard 1
Detroit J. Andersson 1
Goals Player  
NY Rangers K. Klein 1
Detroit L. Glendening 1
Assists Player  
NY Rangers D. Brassard 1
Detroit J. Andersson 1
Saves Player  
NY Rangers C. Talbot 31
Detroit J. Howard 27
Season
Total Points Player  
NY Rangers R. Nash 60
Detroit P. Datsyuk 53
Goals Player  
NY Rangers R. Nash 38
Detroit T. Tatar 27
Assists Player  
NY Rangers D. Brassard 39
Detroit H. Zetterberg 34
Saves Player  
NY Rangers H. Lundqvist 1099
Detroit J. Howard 994
Quickchart Matchup
NY Rangers Off vs  Detroit Def
3.11 GF
2.46 GA
31.5 Shots
27.7 Shots
33 PP
36 PK
Detroit Off vs  NY Rangers Def
2.9 GF
2.39 GA
29.6 Shots
29.3 Shots
55 PP
31 PK