Gameday Updates: Capitals at Red Wings

Well, well, well, look who we have back in the lineup tonight. - Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Red Wings

  • In my last edition of Gameday Updates, I kind of forgot about Cory Emmerton. The only update on him I can find comes from Khan, who says nothing more than he is "skating."
  • Henrik Zetterberg returns to the lineup tonight, which Jeff told you in the Morning Skate. Kulfan says Zetterberg will take Dan Cleary's spot in the lineup.
  • That same tweet also says that Jakub Kindl will get his first action in 11 days, replacing Brian Lashoff. He last played against the St. Louis Blues. I'm not optimistic, but that's my obvious anti-Kindl-bias showing, so hopefully getting a sky-high view of the game will help him out. Honestly, I think the high point of his last 10 months was the Game 4 goal against Chicago last postseason, and it's been more or less downhill since then.
  • Not much news on the injury front that hasn't been covered already. Following up on Cleary, he has missed some practices recently, according to Khan. Though no reasons have been given, my mind has already gone to the "groin problem" well.

Capitals

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Eastern Conference, from Mike Vogel's Capitals preview also linked above (emphasis mine):

The loss dropped the Capitals to seventh place in the Metropolitan Division and 13th place in the Eastern Conference standings. Despite its extended tailspin, Washington is still only two points in arrears of the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with 28 games to go.

As bad as Tuesday's loss to the Flyers was, there's somehow still a pretty good chance for the Red Wings to extend their playoff appearance streak. Only 1 point out of that 8th spot, the second wild card? I'll take those chances, but the Red Wings trending in the wrong direction won't themselves, so it's high time to get back into the win column.

LET'S GO RED WINGS!!!

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