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The New York Rangers have been hit by a slew of injuries, but they may at least get Mats Zuccarello back. With their top scorer from last season likely in the lineup, the Rangers will try to get back on track with a fifth straight win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. New York (5-4-2) has followed a three-game winning streak by going 1-1-2. Not helping matters are injuries to captain Ryan McDonagh (separated shoulder) and Kevin Klein (foot) and a suspension to fellow defensemen John Moore. Coach Alain Vigneault, however, isn't discouraged since the Rangers' last two games ended in shootout defeats. "We're playing some solid hockey," Vigneault said after Monday's 4-3 loss to St. Louis. "We lose the last two games in a shootout, so I would say that our 5-on-5 play in both (was good). We are taking steps in the right direction." Another positive step would be getting Derek Stepan back from a broken leg suffered in preseason, but he's not expected to return until Saturday in Toronto at the earliest. Zuccarello, however, is likely to be back after sitting out a game with an undisclosed injury. "At this time I would say there is a possibility with Mats, who skated (Tuesday) and felt better so we'll see how he feels (Wednesday)," Vigneault told the team's official website. "Step has been medically cleared, but unfortunately he has not been able to have one team practice. "I will put him in the best position to succeed." Having at least Zuccarello on the ice could provide a spark, although he has four points after getting a career-high 59 last season. He had two goals in last season's three meetings with Detroit (6-2-3), and left wing Chris Kreider had that many in a 3-0 win at MSG on March 9. The Rangers have won four straight over the Red Wings, and Henrik Lundqvist has been incredible while in net for three of them - all at home. He's allowed one goal on 95 shots, shutting them out in the last two, including a 30-save effort in the most recent. The 2012 Vezina Trophy winner should get the nod again after being rested Monday in favor of backup Cam Talbot, who had 31 saves but allowed goals on two of three shootout attempts. Detroit opened a three-game trip with a 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo on Sunday, and followed with a 3-1 defeat to Ottawa two days later. The Red Wings were outshot 16-2 in the opening period en route to their fourth road loss in five games. "We didn't skate, and when you don't skate it's tough to win battles," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "We didn't even play in the first period." Henrik Zetterberg leads the Wings with 15 points, collecting five in four games after finding the net against the Senators. The captain, though, has just one point in his past four meetings with New York, and he's come up empty on eight shots in the last two. Jimmy Howard hasn't started on back-to-back nights, so he may be rested after stopping 29 of 31 shots Tuesday. He went 0-2-1 with a 2.29 goals-against average versus the Rangers last season. Backup Jonas Gustavsson has a 2.01 GAA while winning his last two visits to the Garden, but those came with Toronto and the most recent was on Dec. 5, 2011.