7p ET, PNC Arena
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket
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We're in the playoffs. 24 consecutive seasons. To quote the great Stone Cold Steve Austin... OH HELL YEAH.
Tonight's game may see some top players sit out and rest. That's cool with me. Pick your poison on who we play in the first round. All three options are better than us at the moment. All three options will present a challenge. The Red Wings need to be as healthy as possible to compete.
We know Pavel Datsyuk shouldn't play tonight. You can surely have a beer and guess who's going to be starting in net. Alexey Marchenko has been called up from Grand Rapids. Will he replace my favorite dumbass Brendan Smith? Will Niklas Kronwall get the night off? Who the hell knows.
Just sit back and enjoy this final game that has no real meaning. Come this time next week... stress city, baby!
The Expected Lineups (I have no idea)
|Gustav Nyquist||Henrik Zetterberg||Justin Abdelkader|
|Darren Helm||Riley Sheahan||Tomas Tatar|
|Stephen Weiss||Joakim Andersson||Teemu Pulkinen|
|Drew Miller||Luke Glendening||Tomas Jurco|
|Jonathan Ericsson||Alexey Marchenko|
|Kyle Quincey||Danny DeKeyser|
|Brendan Smith||Marek Zidlicky|
Scratches: Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Cleary, Landon Ferraro, Niklas Kronwall & Jakub Kindl
Injuries: Erik Cole (spine) & Johan Franzen (concussion)
|Eric Staal||Jordan Staal||Alexander Semin|
|Nathan Gerbe||Victor Rask||Chris Terry|
|Jeff Skinner||Elias Lindholm||Andrej Nestrasil|
|Brad Malone||Jay Clement||Pat Dwyer|
|Ron Hainsey||Justin Faulk|
|John-Michael Liles||Brett Bellemore|
|Keegan Lowe||Ryan Murphy|
|HURRICANES||THE MATCHUP||RED WINGS|
|30-40-11 (71 pts; 8th in East WC)||Record||42-25-14 (98 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)|
|2.26 (27th in NHL)||Goals Per Game||2.83 (9th in NHL)|
|2.68 (19th)||Goals Against Per Game||2.60 (17th)|
|18.9% (14th)||Power Play %||23.9% (2nd)|
|84.7% (4th)||Penalty Kill %||80.8% (18th)|
|Eric Staal (23 goals)||Goal Leader||Tomas Tatar (29 goals)|
|Eric Staal (54 points)||Points Leader||Henrik Zetterberg (66 points)|
- The Red Wings are 37-27-8-0 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers franchise.
- Last 10 Games: Carolina 4-5-1, Detroit 3-4-3