W2W4: The Rangers Long Road Ends Saturday in Detroit

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Rangers-Chris Kreider: Recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday, Kreider made his Rangers season debut in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Flyers and provided a definite boost to the lineup offensively. Kreider used his speed to get in on the forecheck and create some scoring opportunities, and he also showed a willingness to use his size, not only for positioning in front of the net, but all over the ice. He finished with a game-high six hits, to go along with two shots on goal, while also assisting on Brad Richards' goal. Now Kreider needs to follow that strong performance with another Saturday in Detroit---and needs to be even better. The Rangers must get all the potential that is packaged in Kreider, not the sometimes hesitant and inconsistent young player he was last season. Given top line minutes alongside Richards and Derek Stepan in Philly, Kreider will be afforded the same opportunity against the Red Wings, and the 22 year-old former first round pick will be looked upon to awaken the team's dormant offense just as much as his more experienced first-line teammates.

 

Red Wings-Daniel Alfredsson: After 17 seasons as the heart and soul of the Ottawa Senators, Alfredsson departed Canada's capital to sign a free agent deal with the Red Wings, stating that his thirst to finally win a Stanley Cup had a better chance to be quenched in Detroit rather than in Ottawa. The Sens former captain left behind more than 1,300 games---including post-season---of memories in Ottawa at the age of 40, and it couldn't have felt to great to see his former club stomp his current one 6-1 Wednesday night at The Joe. Alfredsson, who scored 426 regular season goals and notched 1,108 with the Senators, is off to a strong start in Detroit, where Saturday he is expected to skate on the top line with Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi. Alfie has eight assists--placing him in the NHL's top ten in that category---while producing nine points (1-8-9) in his first 11 games as a Red Wing. The Rangers certainly know him well, and it won't take long for Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh to renew acquaintances with Henrik Lundqvist's good friend from back home in Sweden on Saturday.