7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena
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Radio: 97.1 The Ticket
Devils Blog: In Lou We Trust
Now that the celebration has ended and the perfect hangover has passed, the Red Wings get a chance to get right back at it tonight at the Joe. I wouldn't call this game a "must win," but it's just about as close to as you can get without using that term. Does the season hang in the balance tonight? No. There is still a bit of wiggle room, but, my goodness, is that wiggle room getting much smaller by the day. Two points tonight would be huge. The Wings are catching the rest of the pack when it comes to games played and they can't let anymore points slip through their fingers.
So where are we now? The second night of a back-to-back against the team that just beat you three nights ago. I was really drunk in Newark watching the game in person on Tuesday night, but in my professional opinion, the Red Wings should have beaten the Devils and won that game. We know the challenge is there still, regardless of the opponent. The players, I would hope, know that too. Every point is extremely crucial. The Wings need to use tonight as a launching pad to string together 3-4 straight wins. That would be massive. Otherwise, it's time to start seriously thinking about a top ten draft pick (and, let's be honest, that might not be the worst thing in the world).
The Expected Lineup
|Johan Franzen||David Legwand||Gustav Nyquist|
|Justin Abdelkader||Luke Glendening||Daniel Alfredsson|
|Tomas Tatar||Riley Sheahan||Tomas Jurco|
|Drew Miller||Joakim Andersson||Todd Bertuzzi|
|Niklas Kronwall||Jonathan Ericsson|
|Kyle Quincey||Danny DeKeyser|
|Jakub Kindl||Brendan Smith|
|Jonas Gustavsson (starting)|
Scratches: Brian Lashoff, Daniel Cleary & Teemu Pulkkinen
Injuries: Darren Helm (concussion), Pavel Datsyuk (missing zest), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Mikael Samuelsson (something) & Stephen Weiss (groin)
|DEVILS||THE MATCH-UP||RED WINGS|
|27-23-13 (67 pts; 6th in Metro)||Record||28-22-13 (69 pts; 5th in Atlantic)|
|2.41 (23rd in NHL)||Goals Per Game||2.58 (18th in NHL)|
|2.35 (4th)||Goals Against Per Game||2.64 (15th)|
|20.8% (8th)||Power Play %||18.0% (17th)|
|87.1% (1st)||Penalty Kill %||83.6% (8th)|
|2 tied with 19 goals||Goal Leader||Henrik Zetterberg (16 goals)|
|Jaromir Jagr (53 points)||Points Leader||Henrik Zetterberg (48 points)|
Player to Fear: Adam Henrique. He's playing well lately.
X-Factor: Cory Schneider. He's better than Martin Brodeur. With that said, throw some pads on me and I'm better than Brodeur too.
Familiar Faces: Still Damien Brunner (Still Click Here)
Thumbs up (One Thing to Like About New Jersey): I still like Jagr.
Thumbs down (One Thing to Dislike About New Jersey): Tuesday.
Bullets of Knowledge
- The Red Wings are 41-36-11-1 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Devils.
- Last 10 games: New Jersey 5-3-2. Detroit 5-3--2.
- Gustavsson is 4-1-0 with a 2.60 GAA, .901 SV% in 7 career games against New Jersey.
Prediction: The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.