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7:30p ET, BB&T Center

Sunrise, FL

TV: FSDT

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Panthers Blog: Litter Box Cats

Gooooooooooood morning Red Wings Nation! We're back in action tonight against a team who is very much still in the hunt for playoff contention, the Florida Panthers.

Detroit had a great bounce-back win against the Penguins after being shelled by the Flyers. Prior to Pittsburgh, captain Henrik Zetterberg called a team meeting, in which they got down to the nitty-gritty and said "enough is enough." I hope that Hank's meeting with his team resounded throughout the ranks, and actually drove home a message, because the Wings have other teams creeping up in the standings behind them.

Tonight is going to be a fun game to watch, mainly the second line match-up. The speed and skill of both sides is uncanny, Tatar-Sheahan-Helm vs Huberdeau-Barkov-Jagr is going to be a real doozie, I think.

I was under the impression that Roberto Luongo would be out tonight, but Florida beat-writers have confirmed that he will indeed be starting tonight. His first start in quite some time. Petr Mrazek is coming off an extremely impressive game, where he nearly blanked the Penguins. I like the match up here, let's get two points because more points more fun.

The Expected Lineups

Forwards

Justin Abdelkader Henrik Zetterberg Erik Cole
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Darren Helm
Gustav Nyquist Luke Glendening Teemu Pulkkinen
Drew Miller Joakim Andersson Tomas Jurco

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser
Kyle Quincey
Brendan Smith Marek Zidlicky

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Daniel Cleary, Jakub Kindl, & Stephen Weiss

Injuries: Johan Franzen (concussion), Jonas Gustavsson (concussion), Pavel Datsyuk (lower-body)

Forwards

Brandon Pirri Nick Bjugstad Brad Boyes
Jonathan Huberdeau Aleksander Barkov Jaromir Jagr
Jussi Jokinen Dave Bolland Jimmy Hayes
Derek MacKenzie Vincent Trocheck Scottie Upshall

Defensemen

Brian Campbell Aaron Ekblad
Willie Mitchell Erik Gudbranson
Dmitry Kulikov Steve Kampfer

Goaltenders

Roberto Luongo (Starting)
Dan Ellis

PANTHERS THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
31-25-14 (76 pts; 6th in Atlantic) Record 38-19-11 (87 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)
2.36 (25th NHL) Goals Per Game 2.90 (6th in NHL)
2.64 (17th) Goals Against Per Game 2.56 (15th)
15.5% (27th) Power Play % 25.3% (2nd)
80.5% (22nd) Penalty Kill % 81.0% (17th)
Nick Bjugstad (24 goals) Goal Leader Tomas Tatar (25 goals)
Nick Bjugstad (43 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (59 points)

  • The Red Wings are 17-4-5-5 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Florida Panthers.

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

  • Erik Cole has 42 points (20 goals, 22 assists) in 54 career games against Florida.

LGRW