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Game 48

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

7:30p ET, BB&T Center

Sunrise, FL

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Florida Blog: Litter Box Cats

The Red Wings and Panthers are playing tonight.

I'm stuck in Boston where the snow is trying to smother all of us. I'd much rather be in Florida tonight watching this game behind some cardboard panel. Regardless, if you're stuck in a blizzard or bored out of your mind in lame flyover country (aka Kansas), real hockey is back and that's a good thing.

The Expected Lineups

Forwards

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

Defensemen

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

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Thomas McCollum


Scratches: Brian Lashoff

Injuries: Johan Franzen (headaches), Tomas Jurco (back), Jakub Kindl (still not his wrist), Jimmy Howard (groin) & Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder)

Forwards

Shawn Thornton Shawn Thornton Shawn Thornton
Shawn Thornton Shawn Thornton Shawn Thornton
Shawn Thornton Shawn Thornton Shawn Thornton
Shawn Thornton Shawn Thornton Shawn Thornton


Defensemen

Shawn Thornton Shawn Thornton
Shawn Thornton Shawn Thornton
Shawn Thornton Shawn Thornton


Goaltenders

Shawn Thornton (starting)
Shawn Thornton


PANTHERS THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
20-14-10 (50 pts; 3rd in WC) Record 27-11-9 (63 pts; 2nd in Atlantic)
2.32 (25th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.92 (10th in NHL)
2.64 (16th) Goals Against Per Game 2.38 (7th)
12.8% (29th) Power Play % 25.4% (2nd)
81.5% (16th) Penalty Kill % 84.6% (6th)
Nick Bjugstad (15 goals) Goal Leader Tomas Tatar (21 goals)
Nick Bjugstad (27 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (44 points)

  • The Red Wings are 16-4-5-5 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Florida Panthers.

  • Last 10 Games: Florida 4-5-1, Detroit 8-2-0

  • This will be Mrazek's first career start against the Panthers.

Let's Go Red Wings.