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Game 82

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

7p ET, PNC Arena

Raleigh, NC

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Canes Blog: Canes Country

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


Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

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


Cam Ward
Anton Khudobin

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)

  • Last 10 Games: Carolina 4-5-1, Detroit 3-4-3

Let's Go Red Wings.