The Detroit Red Wings just haven't been able to win games in March, due to bad form and a mountain of injuries that have chopped the team down. On the road they've been especially sour, which won't help their optimism against the New York Rangers in New York on Wednesday night.
The Rangers hadn't been in great spirits either lately, but were able to clinch a playoff berth against the New Jersey Devils their last time out with a 4-2 victory. They're also far healthier than the Wings, who are still missing names like Nicklas Lidstrom, Darren Helm and Johan Franzen among others. Most of their injured men should be back by the playoffs, but their seeding could suffer a bit if they can't start winning games during the homestretch.
Detroit has had the edge over the Rangers in recent years, winning 12 of their last 13 games against New York. They also haven't lost six straight road games since way back in 1987, so the straight history is on Detroit's side in this one. Still, it's easier said than done to beat the now confident Rangers with all of the injuries that the Wings have suffered recently.
The game will be at Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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