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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

2:00 PM ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, Michigan

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 971 The Ticket

Panthers Blog: Litter Box Cats

The Red Wings have points in all of their last six games. At times it's been frustrating, because they can't seem to protect a lead worth a damn, but you have to hand it to them for salvaging points that many times consecutively.

The Wings draw an Atlantic Division opponent tonight against the Florida Panthers. They're a team that seem to be underperforming over the last couple of seasons, but they always have Detroit's number. I like the matchup tonight. Both teams have a well-blended lineup of veterans and exciting young players. Jaromir Jagr is still playing like he's 10 years younger, and Aaron Ekblad (Windsor kid, his family will be in attendance, so he'll likely score) is one of the more exciting young defensemen in hockey right now.

In case you missed it, Tomas Jurco will be returning to the lineup tonight. We don't have word on who he will replace as of yet, but we'll update the post if it surfaces in a timely manner.

The biggest factor for Detroit, as I say in most games, has to be their slumping power-play. They just can't get it to connect like it was last season. It's also important that they don't sit back on a lead to then find themselves playing catch-up later on in the game. The Red Wings are very much trending in the right way currently, but they really need to work out a couple of vital kinks in the hose, if you will. Jeff Blashill continues to make adjustments that are helping the team, so tonight should be an exciting tilt.

Line Combinations

Red Wings Lineup

Forwards

Justin Abdelkader Henrik Zetterberg Dylan Larkin
Brad Richards Pavel Datsyuk Tomas Jurco
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Gustav Nyquist
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Darren Helm

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser Jonathan Ericsson
Jakub Kindl Alexey Marchenko

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Joakim Andersson, Teemu Pulkkinen, Brendan Smith

Injuries: Johan Franzen, Kyle Quincey

Power Play Units:

  • Justin Abdelkader, Henrik Zetterberg, Gustav Nyquist, Niklas Kronwall, Tomas Tatar
  • Brad Richards, Pavel Datsyuk, Dylan Larkin, Teemu Pulkkinen, Mike Green

Panthers Lineup

Forwards

Brandon Pirri Aleksander Barkov Jaromir Jagr
Jussi Jokinen Nick Bjugstad Jonathan Huberdeau
Logan Shaw Vincent Trocheck Reilly Smith
Quinton Howden Derek MacKenzie Connor Brickley

Defensemen

Brian Campbell Aaron Ekblad
Erik Gudbranson Willie Mitchell
Steve Kampfer Alex Petrovic

Goaltenders

Roberto Luongo
Al Montoya

PANTHERS THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
9-9-4 (6th in Atlantic) Record 12-8-3 (4th in Atlantic)
2.55 (18th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.39 (21st in NHL)
2.59 (15th in NHL) Goals Against Per Game 2.52 (11th in NHL)
21.8 (5th in NHL) Power Play % 16.7 (23rd in NHL)
76.8 (25th in NHL) Penalty Kill % 84.0 (8th in NHL)
Jaromir Jagr (8 goals) Goal Leader Dylan Larkin (9 goals)
Jaromir Jagr (18 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (20 points)

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