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Morning Skate: Detroit Red Wings vs Minnesota Wild

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Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Minnesota Wild Blog: Hockey Wilderness

Good morning! Hope you have all recovered from a great weekend of hockey. This is our last game for an entire week, so savor the moment. I, for one, look forward to watching the NHL's best hockey players wear the NHL's ugliest sweater of all time. Let's be honest, it's a great thing that Detroit doesn't have any players in the ASG. The team gets to rest, go on vacation, and come back fresh and ready to break into the home stretch of the season. I'm looking for a big game from Tomas Tatar, who has been on fire as of late with eight points (five goals, three assists) in the past five games.

Tonight we see the Minnesota Wild, a team who has been going through some very serious punches as of late. They're coming off of a two-game winning streak, but those wins were against the Coyotes and the Sabres. They went out and added Devan Dubnyk to their goaltending core, and he has had a couple of good outings for them so far. I assume Detroit will see Dubnyk in net tonight. I think it's pretty fitting that their name is the "Wild" considering that they've never played a hockey game out in the wilderness. BOOYAH!

So here we go.. State of Hockey vs Hockeytown. Let's do it, gang!

The Expected Lineups

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Darren Helm Pavel Datsyuk Tomas Tatar
Stephen Weiss Joakim Andersson Teemu Pulkkinen
Drew Miller Riley Sheahan Luke Glendening

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Kyle Quincey
Xavier Ouellet Brendan Smith

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Thomas McCollum


Scratches: Brian LashoffDaniel Cleary

Injuries: Johan Franzen (headaches), Tomas Jurco (back), Jakub Kindl (not good at sports), Jimmy Howard (groin) & Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder)

Forwards

Zach Parise Mikko Koivu Jason Pominville
Jason Zucker Erik Haula Thomas Vanek
Ryan Carter Charlie Coyle Nino Niederreiter
Matt Cooke Kyle Brodziak Justin Fontaine


Defensemen

Ryan Suter Jonas Brodin
Jared Spurgeon Matthew Dumba
Marco Scandella Christian Folin


Goaltenders

Devan Dubnyk (starting)
Nicklas Backstrom


WILD THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
20-19-5 (45 pts; Last in Central) Record 26-11-9 (61 pts; 2nd in Atlantic)
2.75 (15th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.89 (11th in NHL)
2.91 (23rd) Goals Against Per Game 2.35 (4th)
14.7% (26th) Power Play % 25.2% (2nd)
84.3% (8th) Penalty Kill % 85.4% (5th)
Zach Parise (16 goals) Goal Leader Tomas Tatar (21 goals)
Jason Pominville (36 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (41 points)

  • The Red Wings are 31-15-3 (W-L-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Minnesota Wild.

  • Last 10 Games: Minnesota 3-7-0, Detroit 7-3-0

  • Here is a graph to show you why Minnesota has trended downwards as of late (Data pulled from 2007-2015):

    FUN


Let's Go Red Wings.