Morning Skate: Stars at Red Wings Preview

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Game 17

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Stars Blog: Defending Big D


This should be a fun game. The Red Wings will be looking to bounce back from their thrashing by the Jets. The Stars have won two straight after topping the Bruins in a shootout in Tyler Seguin's homecoming. From the few Dallas games I've seen this year, they seem like a team moving in the right direction. They've got their all-star captain in Jamie Benn to go alongside Seguin and their goaltender Kari Lehtonen is pretty good too. In a few years, I think Jim Nill will have this team in the playoffs on a regular basis.

For the Wings, well, they'll once again be missing Johan Franzen due to illness. That guy must be really freakin' sick. Unless illness is code for secret benching or secret injury. Maybe #93 is just a sensitive Mule and public lashing would do more harm than good. Could be some Mike Babcock mind games. Youth will once again be served on the blueline. Future hall of famer Adam Almquist will once again be in the lineup. Darren Helm will continue to re-acclimate himself with the NHL game and pace. The guy I would keep an eye on tonight is Tomas Tatar. He's received some praise lately for his play and he continues to develop into a solid NHL player. Let's hope that continues tonight.

The Expected Lineup

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Todd Bertuzzi
Daniel Cleary Stephen Weiss Daniel Alfredsson
Tomas Tatar Joakim Andersson Justin Abdelkader
Drew Miller Darren Helm Mikael Samuelsson

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Danny DeKeyser
Kyle Quincey Jakub Kindl
Adam Almquist Brian Lashoff

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Jared Coreau

Scratches: Patrick Eaves, Johan Franzen (flu), Jordin Tootoo (waived)

Injuries: Jonas Gustavsson (neck), Brendan Smith (shoulder)

LTIR: Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder)

STARS THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
7-6-2 (16 pts; 6th in Central) Record 9-5-2 (20 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)
2.47 (21st in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.50 (19th in NHL)
2.87 (22nd) Goals Against Per Game 2.50 (12th)
12.0% (25th) Power Play % 17.6% (19th)
83.3% (13th) Penalty Kill % 85.2% (8th)
Tyler Seguin (6 goals) Goal Leader Henrik Zetterberg (8 goals)
Tyler Seguin (15 points) Points Leader Pavel Datsyuk (16 points)

Opponent Outlook

Player to Fear: Jamie Benn. Kid is legit as f*ck.

X-Factor: Tyler Seguin. He's the best. He's going to score 30 goals this year. If he gets any time and space… he will burn you.

Familiar Faces: Ray Whitney now calls Dallas home. He had a quick cup of coffee with the Wings in 2003-04 and put up his lowest points total in a full season since the mid-90s. Oh yeah, Jim Nill works there too.

Thumbs up (One Thing to Like About Dallas): Their new jerseys are awesome.

Thumbs down (One Thing to Dislike About Dallas): They took Nill away from us. Ed Belfour still sucks too.

Bullets of Knowledge

  • The Red Wings are 107-97-34-5 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Stars.

  • Last 10 games: Dallas 5-3-2. Detroit 5-3-2.

  • The Wings are currently 1-1-0 on Thursdays.

  • Howard is 6-5-1 with a 2.17 GAA, .921 SV% and one shutout in 12 career starts against Dallas.

Prediction: Red Wings win 3-1. Weiss is your player of the game.

NOTE: The WiiM prediction contest is back. Two of our WiiM faithful are undertaking the task of keeping track of all the predictions and you can click on the link above to read all the details. How will it work? Just leave your predictions in the comments of the morning skates before the game starts. Tell us what you think the final score will be, which team you think will win, and who you think the POTG (Player of the game) will be. For example: 4-2 Red Wings, Henrik Zetterberg POTG.


Let's Go Red Wings.
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