W2W4: The Rangers Long Road Ends Saturday in Detroit

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Rangers-Red Wings History


A pair of Original Six teams, the Rangers and Red Wings have much more of a past history against one another than they have a recent one, due in large parts to the fact that Detroit has been residing in the Western Conference before a more logical switch into the Eastern Conference this season. Perhaps the height of this rivalry took place in the spring of 1950 when the Red Wings beat the Rangers in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals, winning on Pete Babando's double overtime goal. It marked the second time that Detroit had beaten the Rangers in the Cup Finals---the other in 1937---and the two teams have not met since in the post-season. More recently the Rangers and Red Wings have faced one another on a fairly limited basis even in the regular season. The last meeting was on March 21, 2012 when the Rangers edged Detroit 2-1 on Ryan Callahan's overtime goal at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers last visit to Joe Louis Arena back on February 7, 2011 resulted in a 3-2 defeat for the visitors. The last ten matches between these two clubs have each been decided by two goals or less. The Rangers have won just two of their last 14 meetings against the Red Wings, dating back to Valentine's Day of 1999. This is the first of three meetings between the two teams this season, and the Rangers carry a 211-260-103-1 all-time record against Detroit into the contest. Former Ranger Mikael Samuelsson currently plays for the Red Wings, while no ex-Wings play at present for the Blueshirts.