The New York Rangers are hoping to knock around opponents on the ice on Black Friday, rather than the irrational retail store crowds.
The Blueshirts immediately return to work on Black Friday, as they welcome in the Detroit Red Wings for an Original Six showdown at Madison Square Garden (7:00, MSG+).
New York (11-9-2) is looking for their third win a row, as well as their ninth win in their past 11, as they’re coming off a commanding 6-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night. The Rangers got off to a quick start, opening with two goals in the first three minutes of the game. Chris Kreider put in the first 52 seconds in, while Mika Zibanejad’s fluke goal served as the de facto game winner. Paul Carey put in his first as a Rangers, while Jesper Fast put in two more in the third. Kreider like wise left the game with two goals, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 shots.
Meanwhile, the Red Wings (10-9-3) currently sit third in the Atlantic division, but fell 6-2 to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night. Tomas Tatar’s power play goal gave Detroit an early lead at Little Caesar’s Arena, while Niklas Kronwall was able to tie the game at a pair apiece before the end of the first period. However, Detroit was done in by four unanswered goals, chasing Jimmy Howard from the net in the second period.
This will be the first of three meetings between the Rangers and Red Wings this season. The Rangers took two of three from Detroit last season, the last being a 4-1 win on March 12, their final visit to Joe Louis Arena. Ryan McDonagh had a pair of goals to put the Rangers up 2-0, while Kevin Hayes added another. The two teams will meet again on December 29, when the Rangers make their first visit to Little Caesar’s Arena.
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