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Morning Skate: Detroit Red Wings vs Dallas Stars

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Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

3:00pm ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports Southwest, Sportsnet

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Stars Blog: Defending Big D

The Red Wings are coming off three straight victories as they prepare to take on the Dallas Stars today. After a really good start to their season, followed by a less than stellar stretch, the Wings are finally winning games again.

The Stars have also been playing great as of late, winning five of their last six games, while only losing three games so far this season. Part of the reason behind the Stars' success is the combination of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, who have scored 20 points and 21 points, respectively, in 14 games. If the Wings want to win today, preventing those two players from having any good scoring opportunities is going to be crucial.

The Stars may, however, be without forward Patrick Sharp, who was injured during the Stars' game on Friday against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Wings may also be without a forward, as the status of Landon Ferraro is uncertain.

Good news for the Red Wings is that Mike Green is returning today. We will see with who he ends up playing with, but I do have a feeling that Alexey Marchenko who will have to make way for Green today.

Every game is important, and today's game is no different. Remember, today's game is at 3PM. Let's hope that the Wings remember that as well!

Red Wings Expected Lineups (Subject to Change)

Forwards

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

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Brendan Smith
Danny DeKeyser Jonathan Ericsson
Jakub Kindl Mike Green

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Tomas JurcoAlexey Marchenko

Injuries: Johan Franzen, Pavel Datsyuk, Mike Green, Brad Richards, Kyle Quincey

Stars Expected Lineups

Forwards

Jamie Benn Tyler Seguin Patrick Sharp
Mattias Janmark Cody Eakin Jason Spezza
Devin Shore Radek Faksa Valeri Nichushkin
Antoine Roussel Vernon Fidler Colton Sceviour


Defensemen

Alex Goligoski John Klingberg
Johnny Oduya Jason Demers
Jyrki Jokipakka Jordie Benn


Goaltenders

Kari Lehtonen (starting)
Antti Niemi

Injuries: Brett Ritchie, Patrick Eaves, Curtis McKenzie, Ales Hemsky

Let's Go Red Wings!!!

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Game Day Prediction Contest

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Make your game predictions on the winning team, final score, and who the Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated in the questions. If you don't use those formats, your answers will be disregarded. All submissions are timestamped and will be accepted only until the official game start time. All other submissions after that will be disregarded. Only one submission per person, please. POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 2 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct you'll receive 15 points.