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[Game Thread] Wings vs. Wild

After an exciting game at Wrigley Field, the Detroit Red Wings (25-7-5) must focus their attention to the Minnesota Wild (18-16-2) in their visit to the Xcel Center. While the Wings now have an eight point lead in the Central Division thanks to winning two straight games against Chicago, the Blackhawks still have two games in hand so it's important that Detroit keeps on winning and playing strong hockey.

Chris Osgood will get his first start since December 15th. He had been dealing with a sore groin, but it sounds like it has healed up. Forward Henrik Zetterberg is apparently dealing with some groin issues of his own resulting in him skipping Friday's practice, but he still plans on playing tonight. Minnesota will be without Marian Gaborik, who is expected to have hip surgery.

Brett Lebda will be a healthy scratch. Head coach Mike Babcock emphasized that Lebda was not being scratched because of his play (afterall he scored in the Winter Classic game), rather Derek Meech needed to get in and play a game and so Lebs has to rest for that to happen.

The game starts at 8:00pm and will be shown on FS Detroit. Be sure to stop by and comment on the game. If you're a Minnesota fan, check out Hockey Wilderness for their take on the game. Go Wings!