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[Game Thread] Wings @ Rangers

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The preseason is always a bit rough for Wings fans. We're so excited to have the Wings back playing hockey, but it's the only time of the year (fortunately) that we can't watch every game on TV. Tonight's game will be on the MSG network and the NHL Network in Canada, but most of us will have to turn to 97.1 The Ticket or find an online stream of the game.

Ansar Khan at MLive.com has the game's lineup:

Franzen-Datsyuk-Holmstrom
Leino-Filppula-Ritola
Ryno-Emmerton-Maltby
Newbury-Abdelkader-Tatar

Kronwall-Stuart
Meech-Ericsson
Kindl-Delmore

Larsson
Cloutier

Did you catch it? Dan Cloutier will play in tonight's contest, making his debut in the Winged Wheel probably midway through the game to replace netminder Daniel Larsson. He is trying to make a comeback in the NHL and if his bid to do so is not successful, he will likely head to Europe to play.

I'm excited to see Tatar in the lineup once again. I know GM Ken Holland wanted to play him over the weekend so I'm encouraged to see that he made it into a weekday game.

A few of the guys are, unfortunately, already dealing with groin injuries, including the entire Cleary-Zetterberg-Bertuzzi line, and will not be available tonight.

Henrik Zetterberg, Dan Cleary, Todd Bertuzzi and Jason Williams are dealing with nagging groin injuries, nothing serious. Zetterberg and Cleary stayed off the ice and hope to skate and play later this week. Bertuzzi and Williams practiced Monday but aren't ready to play.

"Maybe it’s 2-3 percent better today than Friday, so it’s going the right way,'' Zetterberg said. "Going to have a new evaluation tomorrow and we’ll see what that will bring.’’

The game is slated to start at 7 p.m. EDT. I know since the game isn't available on TV for many Wings fans, the game thread might be a bit slow but we'll keep it updated with scoring updates at least. If you have any comments about the game, preseason, or just want to talk about what you're looking forward to this year, we encourage you to chime in during or even before the game!