The New York Rangers have been one of the league’s power houses over the last few seasons as they’re always in the conversation of Stanley Cup favourites especially after seemingly always landing one or two key free agents every summer. However, the Rangers are struggling mightily at the moment as they’re a disappointing 2-6 on the year and will be without their best player in Henrik Lundqvist for a little bit as he nurses an injury. Cam Talbot is taking over as the starter net minder for the time being and while he played pretty well in a losing effort against the Flyers he is facing a different horse here as the WinBrad Richards tied the game at 1 late in the first, but the Rangers failed to score again on 22 shots over the second and third periods.
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"We didn't give up much, killed some good penalties, but we have to score some goals," Richards told the team's official website.
Richards has seven goals and 21 points in 21 regular-season games against the Red Wings. He has five of New York's 12 goals this season, while Ryan Callahan (3) is the only other player with more than one.
The Rangers have an NHL-worst minus-19 goal differential. “If this would have been a playoff game, (Lundqvist) would probably be playing,” Vigneault said after the goalie missed his third straight practice. “It’s something that’s day-to-day that we think we can nip in the bud. It might take one more day, maybe two, but it’s something he should be able to turn the page on and you won’t hear about it anymore."
Lundqvist will travel with the team and could be available