At a glance: The New York Rangers snapped a three-game non-winning streak Friday night, rallying from behind on the road to knock off the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2, and return home to wrap up the weekend with a matinee against the Detroit Red Wings Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Both teams are jockeying to remain in the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference standings, with the Wings holding the last wild-card spot.
Mats is back: Mats Zuccarello returned to the Rangers' lineup on Friday for the first time since suffering a broken hand during the Olympics. The diminutive Norwegian winger picked up an assist in 18:19 of ice time; he is second on the Rangers in scoring with 44 points.
Picture them rolling: The Red Wings enter MSG coming off a big 7-4 win against the New Jersey Devils on Friday, one in which the line of Johan Franzen, Gustav Nyquist and trade-deadline acquisition David Legwand was outstanding. The trio combined for four goals and 11 points. Sunday’s pair of points are vital for the Wings, who will surrender the wild-card spot to Columbus in the event of a regulation loss.
Concerns in net: Wings netminder Jimmy Howard is aiming to tighten things up between the pipes after surrendering seven goals in his last two appearances. He and Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist have lost three of their last four starts.
New in blue: Veteran forward Martin St. Louis appears to be settling in nicely with his new team after a stunning trade that sent him to New York in exchange for captain Ryan Callahan and a pair of picks. The 38-year-old defending Art Ross Trophy winner recorded his first point as a Ranger with an assist in Friday’s win.