Calgary comes to Joe Louis Arena with a 6-2-2 record in the last 10 games while Detroit limps in with a 5-4-1 during that same stretch. Last time Detroit and Calgary faced off, Detroit came away with a 3-1 victory in Calgary, with goals from Holmstrom, Stuart, and Maltby.
Calgary is lead offensively by Jarome Iginla (16 G, 7 A) and Rene Bourque (7 G, 14 A) and tightened up defensively this past off-season by adding Jay Bouwmeester. Bourque is likely to sit out following an injury and Miika Kiprusoff is scheduled to start in net for the Flames. Kipper is 13-5 with a 2.49 GAA, stopping close to 92% of the shots faced. Chris Osgood is scheduled to start in net for the Wings who will need a sound defensive game following the injury to Niklas Kronwall. Patrick Eaves is in, Brad May out; rest of the lines after the jump.
What to look for: Detroit needs to take as many shots as possible. This Calgary team has one of the better netminders in the league and to get shut out by Andrej Pavelec on 40 shots, they'll need even more firepower against Kipper. Detroit will need offense out of Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Tomas Holmstrom against a tough Calgary defense.
The puck will drop at 7:00 p.m. ET and the game will air on FS-D and SNET-W. As always, GO WINGS!
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Starting Lines for Detroit after the jump...