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Hobbled Red Wings wrap trip vs. Rangers

(SportsNetwork.com) - A banged-up Detroit Red Wings club will try to finish an up-and-down road trip on a positive note when they visit the New York Rangers for Thursday's Original Six battle at Madison Square Garden.

The Red Wings will again be without several key forwards on Thursday, as Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), Daniel Alfredsson (back spasms), Johan Franzen (concussion) and Darren Helm (groin) are currently sidelined.

However, Detroit expects to have No. 1 goaltender Jimmy Howard back on Thursday after he sat out Sunday's 1-0 loss in Anaheim due to a hip flexor issue.

The Red Wings have alternated wins and losses so far on a five-game road trip, going 2-2-0 during the swing. All told, Detroit has lost four of its last six games and the club has fallen into a tie with Ottawa for fifth place in the Atlantic Division.

After posting a 3-1 win in Los Angeles on Saturday, the Red Wings were dealt a close loss the following night in Anaheim. Jonas Hiller recorded a 22-save shutout and Andrew Cogliano netted the game's only goal in the second period to lift the Ducks to the 1-0 decision.

Petr Mrazek played admirably in defeat, stopping 22-of-23 shots for the Red Wings, who were shut out for the fifth time this season and for the third time since Dec. 15.

"They're finding a way to win every night and we're not finding a way to win every night," Detroit head coach Mike Babcock said of the Ducks. "We would like to be more like them to be honest with you."

Detroit fell to 14-6-3 as the visiting team with Sunday's loss. The club is just 6-10-7 as the host and will begin a five-game homestand with Saturday's rematch against the Kings.

New York, meanwhile, will try to get back on track after having a three-game winning streak halted by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

The Rangers were 2-0 at the start of a four-game homestand before dropping a 2-1 regulation decision to the Lightning. Tampa trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes, but Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov scored nine seconds apart in the second period to give the Bolts the lead for good.

Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop played in his first game since Jan. 5 and allowed just Brad Richards' first-period goal on 34 shots to outduel the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist, who finished with 23 saves.

New York tied a season high with three straight wins and had scored three or more goals in each of those victories before struggling offensively on Tuesday.

"We had enough chances to come back and at the end of the game. We have to find a way to score more goals," said Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault.

The loss dropped the Blueshirts to 10-11-3 as the host this season. After closing its homestand tonight, New York will visit Ottawa on Saturday before returning to the Big Apple for a three-game stay at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers notched a 3-2 overtime win in Detroit on Oct. 26 as Derick Brassard scored on a breakaway with 12.9 seconds in the extra session. It was New York's second straight win over the Red Wings, but Detroit still has won 12 of the past 15 meetings in this series.

Detroit also has won seven of the past nine encounters at MSG.

01/16 10:59:04 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
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Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
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OAK 0
TEX 3
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SEA 5
HOU 3
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PIT 2
CIN 5
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CLE 5
KAN 3
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WAS 5
ANA 4
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TOR 8
BAL 10
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DET 4
CWS 6
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TAM 4
MIN 6
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BOS 5
NYY 1
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NYM 3
STL 2
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MIL 5
SDP 2
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PHI 2
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12:35pm Today
PIT
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1:08pm Today
DET
CWS
 
1:10pm Today
TAM
MIN
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
STL
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
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7:05pm Tonight
WAS
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7:07pm Tonight
TOR
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7:10pm Tonight
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8:10pm Tonight
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MIA 101
CHA 97
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SAN 92
DAL 113
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HOU 105
POR 112
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IND
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
OKC
10:30pm Tonight
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CLB 4
PIT 3
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DAL 4
ANA 2
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CHI 4
STL 3
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DET
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MIN
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DUR 1
 
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