NY Rangers (25-12-7) at Detroit (29-12-3) 2:00 pm EST
DETROIT (Ticker) -- Seeking their first playoff berth since 1997,
the New York Rangers have been one of the league's most pleasant
surprises this season.
New York gets a true test of how far it has progressed Saturday
in the only encounter of the season against one of the NHL's
elite teams and "Original Six" rival, the Detroit Red Wings.
Led by leading-scorer Jaromir Jagr, who is making a bid for his
sixth Art Ross Trophy with 28 goals and 39 assists, the Rangers
trail Philadelphia by five points in the race for first place in
the Atlantic Division.
After the team retired former captain Mark Messier's number 11
on Thursday, Jagr scored 14 seconds into overtime as the Rangers
came back from a two-goal deficit for their third straight win,
a 5-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Looking for their 30th triumph of the season, the Red Wings have
split their first six games of 2006, including Thursday's 6-3
win over the Philadelphia Flyers.