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Game Day Updates: Islanders at Red Wings

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The Wings welcome Gilligan, The Skipper, Thurston Howell III, Eunice, Ginger, The Professor, and Mary Ann to the Joe tonight. Who's who is up to you.

The Goose is loose.
The Goose is loose.
Robert Cianflone

The Wings had a little change of pace this morning when they practiced in the nearly dark Joe Louis Arena due to a power failure in the area. Fear not however, because they were all enlightened by the end of practice.

Lineup Updates:

Injury Updates:

  • Stephen Weiss had sports hernia surgery, and it looks like everything went well. He had a "significant" tear in a core muscle and expected to be back sometime after the Olympic Break in February.
  • Johan Franzen skated on his own a little bit today but said he isn't ready to return Saturday because he needs to get a couple practices in first. It sounds like he's getting close though, and that's good news.

The Updated Expected Lineup


Gustav Nyquist Pavel Datsyuk Todd Bertuzzi
Tomas Jurco Riley Sheahan Daniel Alfredsson
Drew Miller Joakim Andersson Tomas Tatar
Daniel Cleary Luke Glendening Patrick Eaves


Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brian Lashoff Brendan Smith


Jonas Gustavsson
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Mikael Samuelsson, Jakub Kindl, Jordin Tootoo

Injuries: Johan Franzen (concussion), Jimmy Howard (knee) Justin Abdelkader (head), Darren Helm (shoulder)

LTIR: Henrik Zetterberg (back) & Stephen Weiss (abdominal muscle tear: surgery successful )

Fun Facts:

The Red Wings have seen a number of firsts in 2013:

  • 1st NHL Game: Brian Lashoff (1/21), Petr Mrazek (2/7), Danny DeKeyser (4/1), Luke Glendening (10/12), Xavier Ouellet (10/21), Adam Almquist (11/4), Tomas Jurco (12/15)
  • 1st NHL Goal: Lashoff (1/21), Joakim Andersson (2/15), DeKeyser (11/4), Almquist (11/7), Jurco (12/17)
  • 1st NHL Assist: Tomas Tatar (2/7), Andersson (2/15), Lashoff (2/17), DeKeyser (4/14), Glendening (12/17), Riley Sheahan (12/21), Jurco (12/21)
  • 1st NHL Shutout: Mrazek (11/2)


December 23, 1983 -Steve Yzerman and John Ogrodnick -two participants in next week's 2013 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings AlumniShowdown -both record hat tricks as the Red Wings trounce the Maple Leafs 9-2.

The Wings have a couple season best stats against the Islanders so far:

  • Fewest PIM Game: 2, Nov. 29 at NYI
  • Fastest Goal, Start of Period: 0:12, Nov. 29 at NYI (Alfredsson)


The first time these two teams met this season, Evgeni Nabokov started in net and played 4:12 before Helm broke him with this goal and Nabokov missed a month. He's played 4 games since he pulled his groin trying to get a better look at Helm, so I guess the Islanders feel it's safe to start him tonight, since Helm won't be playing yet.

The Expected Islanders Lineup


Thomas Vanek John Tavares Kyle Okposo
Michael Grabner Frans Nielsen Josh Bailey
Brock Nelson Ryan Strome Cal Clutterbuck
Matt Martin Casey Cizikas Colin McDonald


Andrew MacDonald Thomas Hickey
Calvin de Haan Travis Hamonic
Aaron Ness Brian Strait


Evgeni Nabokov
Kevin Poulin

Scratches: Eric Boulton, Matt Carkner, Peter Regin

Injuries: Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion), Radek Martinek (back)

Let's Go Red Wings!!!