New York Rangers look to rebound, face Red Wings
The New York Rangers from their head coach to their captain chalked up their 4-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Monday as just one of those games.
“There’s certain games that even when you don’t get the two points, you feel good about the way you played,” Barclay Goodrow explained. “You just chalk it up to not one of our nights.”
There was plenty to feel good about too, as the Rangers blasted the Jets with 51 shots only to come up on the wrong side of the ledger. Tonight, they’ll be in Detroit to face a decent Red Wings team looking to get back in the win column.
Here’s tonight’s game and broadcast info:
New York Rangers (33-15-9) vs. Detroit Red Wings (37-21-8)
Date/Time: February 23, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET
Arena: Little Caesars Arena
Radio: ESPN 98.7
New York Rangers to take on Detroit Red Wings
The Blueshirts have lost two games in a row (0-1-1) after a seven game winning streak with some concern regarding Igor Shesterkin, who has allowed four goals in three consecutive games.
“I think we’re 22-5-3,” Gerard Gallant began. “I guess he talked [Wednesday] about his confidence being down. I think he lost one game, the last one. He hasn’t been his best but we’re still winning. Everyone goes through parts of the season when you’r not at your best. Am I worried about it? Not one bit. He’s our best player.”
Shesterkin is expected to get the start in goal tonight and will look to reassert himself as the reigning Vezina winner. His career stats against Detroit are 3-0-1 with a GAA of 1.47, and a .939 save percentage.
Multiple reports from practice suggests their will be no change to the lineup, even though Artemi Panarin was given a maintenance day.
Update: Jaroslav Halak will start versus Detroit per Gerard Gallant.
The teams split the first two games of the season in November with Detroit scoring an OT win on Garden ice and the Rangers returning the favor with an 8-2 blowout on the road.
Since then, the Red Wings have pressed themselves into the wild card picture in the East going 7-3-0 in their last 10 games. They are just two points behind the Florida Panthers for the last wild card spot with four games in hand.
“We just have to stay focus and recover,” said Tyler Motte, who played his first game since the weekend trade against the Jets. “For this group it’s just continue to prepare for each night and go into battle.”
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