The Rangers start a brief two-game road trip in Detroit tonight against the Red Wings. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:08 EST.
New York is off to a somewhat disappointing 6-5-3 start. The Rangers only have one quality win thus far and that came on opening night against the Lightning. Mika Zibanejad is New York’s leading scorer as he has notched seven goals in his first 14 games. Artemi Panarin lead the Blue Shirts in overall scoring with 19 points thus far. Zibanejad follows close behind Panarin with 16 points. Igor Shesterkin has been good as usual to begin the season. The 26-year-old has a 6-2-2 record with a 2.58 goals against average and .910 save percentage in 10 games. In injury news, New York is hopeful that Ryan Lindgren (upper body) will return tonight.
Detroit has been one of the NHL’s most impressive teams in the early going. The Red Wings are off to a 7-3-3 start and sit in second place in the Atlantic Division. Detroit has been led offensively by Dominik Kubalik and Dylan Larkin who have each tallied six goals. The pair are also atop Detroit’s scoring ranks with 16 and 15 points each. Ville Husso has cemented himself as the number-one option in the Detroit net. Husso is 5-1-2 with a 1.86 GAA and .941 SV% since arriving from St. Louis this offseason. In injury news, the Red Wings are hopeful to get Tyler Bertuzzi back in the lineup this Tuesday when the team travels to Anaheim.
The Rangers took two of three games and five of six points from the Red Wings in three matchups last season. Detroit won the first meeting between the two Original Six sides this season with a 3-2 overtime win last month. The projected starting goaltenders for tonight’s game are Shesterkin for New York and Husso for Detroit.