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Morning Skate: Hurricanes at Red Wings

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7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Hurricanes Blog: Canes Country

Carolina has been a bit of a nemesis for the Red Wings recently, especially in two games so far this season where they dominated play in both games, even if the Wings managed to steal a win in one of them. Detroit is now coming off a western Canada trip where they managed roughly 4 good periods across 3 games. That's horrendous, but they somehow ended up with 3 points in those 3 games, so we just need to hope Detroit starts playing full games at some point. The results have been okay on the back of strong goaltending and timely goals, but the general flow of play needs to get much better quickly.

One big thing to watch out for here is the typical slow legs the first game back from a west coast road trip, which has resulted in more bad first periods than I care to remember. Detroit may need to weather an early storm (OR HURRICANE) to keep up.

The Expected Lineups

Forwards

Justin Abdelkader Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist
Tomas Tatar Dylan Larkin Teemu Pulkkinen
Darren Helm Riley Sheahan Tomas Jurco
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Landon Ferraro

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Alexey Marchenko
Jakub Kindl Brendan Smith

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Notes: Jeff Blashill indicated Jurco would return to the lineup, but we won't know until practice where he fits in. Andersson scratch is just a guess. Blashill also indicated he would reveal after practice who would be in goal.

Scratches: Joakim Andersson (maybe)

Injuries: Johan Franzen (Head), Pavel Datsyuk (Ankle), Brad Richards (Back), Mike Green (Shoulder), Kyle Quincey (Head)

Forwards

Eric Staal Victor Rask Elias Lindholm
Nathan Gerbe Jordan Staal Brock McGinn
Jeff Skinner Riley Nash Kris Versteeg
Brad Malone Jay McClement Chris Terry

Defensemen

Ron Hainsey Justin Faulk
John-Michael Liles Bret Pesce
Noah Hanifin Ryan Murphy

Goaltenders

Eddie Lack
Cam Ward

HURRICANES THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
2-6-0 (4 pts; 7th in Metro) Record 4-3-1 (9 pts; 4th in Atlantic)
1.75 (28th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.63 (17th in NHL)
3.13 (25th) Goals Against Per Game 2.63 (16th)
9.4% (27th) Power Play % 17.2% (18th)
77.8% (21st) Penalty Kill % 76.7% (23rd)
Justin Faulk (3 goals) Goal Leader Abdelkader, Nyquist, Pulkkinen (4 goals)
Faulk, Versteeg (5 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (11 points)

LET'S GO RED WINGS!!!

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