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by Paul on 01/16/14 at 01:35 PM ET
from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,
“They’re very strong on the puck, a very hard team as far as reloading, back-checking, pursuing the puck to get it back, and when they have it, they work like bastards to keep that puck,” Alain Vigneault said Thursday morning after his Rangers (24-21-3) prepared at the Garden for their 7 p.m. start. “I mean, it’s unreal how hard those guys work. And one thing, offensively, that I think they do as well – if not better – than any other team in the league, is that net presence. There’s always one guy on each line that seems like – he’s not – but it almost seems like he’s designated to stand in front of the goaltender and make it real hard on him, and that’s why they’ve been one of the best teams in the league for so long.”
Detroit will have to replicate those strengths, however, without several key contributors.
Young Slovakian forward Tomas Tatar sadly will be absent as he attends his father’s funeral. Meanwhile, the Red Wings also are expected to be without seven other regulars due to injury: Pavel “The Magic Man” Datsyuk (concussion, lower body) – ask ‘Siri’ who the Magic Man is – Daniel Alfredsson (groin, back); Johan Franzen (upper body; concussion); Darren Helm (groin, shoulder); Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder, ribs); Stephen Weiss (groin, hernia); and backup goalie Jonas “The Monster” Gustavsson (groin, neck).
The Rangers, though, still have their work cut out for them to rebound from a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. They are still just 10-11-3 at the Garden, despite starting this four-game homestand 2-1-0.
more on tonight's game..
And a Malik update below...
I had a discussion with George last night and while he is improving from his concussion, he is not ready to post in normal Malik style.
He did tell me he will try to post on occassion plus plans to do posts after a Wings game on a regular basis.
This plan could change at any time but as of now, this is where we stand on his health.
Hopefully soon he will wake up with no issues and become 'George' again.
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