Morning Skate: Red Wings at Flames Preview

Mike Ridewood

9:30p ET, Scotiabank Saddledome

Calgary, MB

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, TSN

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

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Eventually the Red Wings have to get healthy, right? It's very possible they'll be getting another healthy body back in Valtteri Filppula, who has not played since February 24. Along with the return of Flip, the Wings will have another new face in the lineup. Gustav Nyquist has been recalled from Grand Rapids at the expense of Tomas Tatar. I thought Tatar played well in the time he was given and against the competition he faced. With that said, I'm excited to see what Nyquist can do with the potential linemates he skated with in practice. As of yesterday, the top 6 has been revamped, Flip joins the top line and Goose has been added to line two. Pavel Datsyuk now has two wingers that are more than capable of not only receiving a pass, but returning the favor. Joakim Andersson will now play with Datsyuk's old linemates. Patrick Eaves will likely be the healthy scratch tonight.

The new look lineup will be taking on a Calgary Flames team that is currently sitting in last place in the Western Conference. Quite frankly, that means jack shit. Just this past weekend the Wings played a team that was in last place in the West and promptly got swept in a home-and-home back-to-back series with the Blue Jackets. Jarome Iginla will find a way to get his and Jiri Hudler, who hasn't registered a point in his last three games, will no doubt score his first career NHL goal against Detroit. The Wings could really use the win and the two points in order to keep up with the rest of the cluster of teams between 4-10 in the wild West.

The Expected Lineup

Damien Brunner - Henrik Zetterberg - Valtteri Filppula

Johan Franzen - Pavel Datsyuk - Gustav Nyquist

Daniel Cleary -- Justin Abdelkader -- Joakim Andersson

Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo

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Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey - Brendan Smith

Brian Lashoff - Jakub Kindl

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Jimmy Howard (starting)

Jonas Gustavsson

Scratches: Patrick Eaves, Kent Huskins and Ian White

Injuries: Mikael Samuelsson (finger), Todd Bertuzzi (back), Darren Helm (back) and Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder)

RED WINGS THE MATCH-UP FLAMES
12-9-5 (29 pts; 7th in West) Record 9-11-4 (22 pts; 15th in West)
2.54 (19th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.67 (15th in NHL)
2.46 (9th) Goals Against Per Game 3.29 (28th)
14.4% (25th) Power Play % 19.3% (11th)
79.0% (20th) Penalty Kill % 77.6% (27th)
Damien Brunner (10 goals) Goal Leader Mike Cammalleri (9goals)
Henrik Zetterberg (27 points) Points Leader 2 tied with 19 points

  • The Red Wings are 68-63-16-1 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Calgary Flames.
  • Calgary has lost 3 straight games. Each loss has come on the road, including back-to-back losses to the Kings in Los Angeles.
  • The Wings are 0-1-1 on Wednesdays this season. The regulation loss came on the road.
  • Detroit is 3-1-0 against Canadian teams this season (suck it, Graham).
  • The last time these two teams met was February 5. Hudler made his triumphant return to Hockeytown and the Wings got their asses kicked in a 4-1 loss. Franzen scored Detroit's only goal and it came on the power play.
  • Detroit is 5-3-2 in their last 10 games. Calgary is 4-5-1.
  • Howard is 7-4-0 with a 2.63 GAA and .905 SV% in 11 career starts against the Flames.
Prediction: Detroit wins 4-2. Datsyuk is your player of the game.

Let's Go Red Wings.
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