Wings vs Stars Game Day Updates

The Wings are fighting for their playoff lives. Never give up! Never surrender! Never give your enemy an inch! Petal to the metal and WIN! - Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Who's in, who's out, who's up, who's down, and who's playing with who.

Puck drop is at 7pm, not the originally scheduled 8pm start time. Pass the word on.

The Dirt

Everyone attended morning skate today, and as expected there are no lineup changes from the last two games. You gotta dance with the ones who brought ya.

We only need one point to clinch our playoff spot. Columbus, Minnesota and Detroit are all fighting for the 7th and 8th seed. There are a lot of possible combinations of outcomes tonight, but the only way the Wings don't make it in is if Columbus wins in any fashion, Minnesota gets at least 1 point, and Detroit loses in regulation. Anything else gets us into the playoffs.

Helen St. James tweeted that she's hearing that both Chicago and Anaheim will play the first playoff game on Tuesday, regardless of who their opponent is.

The Stars are starting Richard Bachman in net tonight, he's 6-4-0 with a 3.28 GAA and .880 SV% in his last 10 games, however he's won his last 4 out of 5 games.

Fun Facts

Red Wings man games lost 242 Stars 84

Despite being a combined -2 in the last 2 games, Joakim "Joker" "Jester" Andersson has played more shorthanded time than anyone else (on either team) with a combined 7:38 SH ice time. The next closest Wings player is Kronwall with 7:05 and Ericsson with 7:01. Considering the Wings only allowed 1 PP goal against in 8 opportunities in the last 2 games, I think we may have found our Drew Miller "PK machine" replacement. Andersson also went a combined 9-7 (56%) in the faceoff circle.

Brendan Smith's brother Reilly will be in the lineup tonight for the stars. I'm sure no announcers will mention this a million times during the game.



Henrik Zetterberg

Pavel Datsyuk

Justin Abdelkader

Johan Franzen

Valtteri Filppula

Daniel Cleary

Gustav Nyquist

Joakim Andersson

Damien Brunner

Patrick Eaves

Cory Emmerton

Jordin Tootoo


Niklas Kronwall

Jonathan Ericsson

Jakub Kindl

Danny DeKeyser

Kyle Quincey

Brendan Smith


Jimmy Howard

Jonas Gustavsson

Healthy Scratches

Todd Bertuzzi

Carlo Colaiacovo

Brian Lashoff

Mikael Samuelsson

Ian White


Darren Helm (Back)

Drew Miller (Broken Right Hand)

Projected Stars Lineup

Ray Whitney - Jamie Benn - Loui Eriksson
Eric Nystrom - Vernon Fiddler - Erik Cole
Reilly Smith - Cody Eakin - Ryan Garbutt
Antoine Roussel - Tom Wandell - Lane MacDermid

Alex Goligoski - Brenden Dillon
Stephane Robidas - Aaron Rome
Philip Larsen - Jordie Benn

Trevor Daley is sitting out

Bonus: Updated 8 Game Segment Breakdown

Games 1-8 Games 9-16 Games 17-24 Games 25-32 Games 33-40 Games 41-47
Overall Record 4-3-1 3-3-2 5-2-1 4-3-1 3-4-1 4-1-2
Home Record 3-1-0 2-2-1 4-1-1 0-1-1 1-2-1 3-0-0
Road Record 1-2-1 1-1-1 1-1-0 4-2-0 2-2-0 1-1-2
Points 9 8 11 9 7 10
Goals For 22 21 23 21 14 20
Goals Against 24 24 12 21 23 11
Power Play 5-45 (11.1%) 5-29 (17.2%) 4-20 (20%) 7-32 (21.9%) 7-27 (25.9%) 6-28 (21.4%)
Penalty Kill 27-38 (71.0%) 27-32 (84.4%) 15-18 (83.3%) 26-31 (83.9%) 16-19 (84.2%) 20-22 (90.9%)
Avg GF/Game 2.8 2.6 2.9 2.6 1.8 2.9
Avg. GA/Game 3 3 1.5 2.6 2.9 1.6
Avg. SOG/Game 30.6 27.8 30.8 28.4 30 32.9
Avg. SOG Against/Game 29.2 29.0 28.1 27.6 29.0 23.0

Bonus Bonus: Wings vs League Average

GP W L OL PTS PTS% GF GA PP Goals PP Opportunities PP% PP Goals Against PP Opportunities Against PK% SH Goals SH Goals Against
Detroit Red Wings 47 23 16 8 54 0.574 121 115 34 181 18.78 30 161 81.37 2 5
League Average 47 24 18 5 52 0.557 128 128 29 157 18.29 29 157 81.71 3 3
Difference 0 -1 -2 3 2 +0.0169 -7 -13 5 24 +0.49 1 4 -0.399 -1 2
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