Sporting a 4-game winning streak, the New York Rangers (7-7-1) travel to Detroit to take on the Red Wings (5-8-2) in an Original-6 battle on Friday night.
The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on MSG Network (in Rangers markets) and Fox Sports Detroit (in Red Wings markets). If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer, phone or streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
For anyone in the United States, the Rangers vs Red Wings game will be streamed live on ESPN+, the new digital streaming service from ESPN that broadcasts one NHL game per day. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via ESPN.com, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the ESPN app.
If you can’t watch live, all games that were previously streamed on ESPN+ are available to be watched on-demand via ESPN.com or the ESPN app.
For those who live in the Rangers or Red Wings markets, MSG Network (local markets) and Fox Sports Detroit (local markets) are included in the main Fubo bundle, which has 85 channels and is tailored towards sports. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch games up to three days after they air even if you forgot to record them.
For those who live in the Red Wings market, Fox Sports Detroit is included in the “Hulu with Live TV” channel bundle. MSG Network, however, is not available on Hulu. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
Following a shaky start to the season, the New York Rangers have won four in a row and are 6-3-1 in their last 10. In their last contest, they trailed the Montreal Canadiens by a goal heading into the third period but reeled off three straight to cap off the 5-3 comeback victory.
“Real gutsy win,” said Mika Zibanejad, who had a goal and an assist to run his team-leading point total to 15 on the season. “We weren’t real happy going into the third but felt we had a little bit of momentum and we just wanted to keep that going. We did a lot of good things, and a good feeling to win.”
The bad news for New York? Even after the recent hot stretch, they’re still only two points ahead of the Devils for last place in the Metropolitan. The good news? They’re also only three points behind the first-place Islanders. That’s how crowded the division is right now.
Things aren’t going nearly as well for the Red Wings, who are just 5-8-2 and fighting to stay out of last place in the East. That said, they have reeled off three wins in their last four home games, most recently taking down the Pacific-leading Vancouver Canucks, 3-2. In that one, Jimmy Howard tallied 40 saves, goals from Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist brought the team back from a 2-0 deficit, and Dylan Larkin completed the win with a shootout goal on Jacob Markstrom.
“I think part of (being) resilient is guys stepping up and making plays at big moments,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “And for a goaltender, it’s just making a whole bunch of saves and I thought Howie was a big difference that way.”
Ultimately, it’s a compelling matchup between two teams that started off slow but seem to be putting things together. The Rangers are on a bigger roll right now, but the combination of Mats Zuccarello’s absence and Detroit’s home-ice advantage is enough to make the Red Wings the oddsmakers’ favorite.