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Carolina is a sharp young team looking to correct a slow start against the surprising Red Wings

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (1-2-2, 8th Metropolitan Division) vs.

Detroit Red Wings (4-2-0, 3rd Atlantic Division)

How To Watch/Listen/Read

Puck drop: 7:30pm EST

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Hurricanes SB Nation blog: Canes Country

The Red Wings are suddenly one of the hottest teams in the NHL. The hell I know, either. But here they are on a four game winning streak backed by superb goaltending, the craftiness of Thomas Vanek and Gustav Nyquist and progressively cohesive puck movement in the past two games.

Detroit has beaten two teams that’ll likely end up among the three best in the Western Conference. At home, however, you take it how you can get it. Beating the Predators and Sharks back to back was a welcome surprise.

Now the Wings pivot to the Carolina Hurricanes, who will be one of the peskiest teams in the NHL this season. They’re a borderline wildcard team that’s still probably a year or two (and an actual starting goaltender) away from legit contention in a loaded Metro division.

Carolina brings the likes of Jeff Skinner, rookie Sebastian Aho and Justin Faulk, who are all excellent puck movers that have defensemen back on their heels. Add in vets Jordan Staal and Lee Stempniak who can finish around the net, the Hurricanes will make this game tough on a Wings defense that’s been prone to giving up a lot of shots of shots and high danger chances.

Something to look out for: Jeff Skinner missed practice yesterday while being evaluated for an upper body injury. Former Red Wing Andrej Nestrasil was filling in as a placeholder for Skinner on his line with Stempniak and Victor Rask.

Red Wings Projected Lineup, Injuries and Scratches

(Courtesy our friend, Mlive’s Ansar Khan)

Forwards

Nyquist-Nielsen-Larkin

Tatar-Zetterberg-Sheahan

Athanasiou-Helm-Vanek

Ott-Glendening-Miller

Defense

DeKeyser-Green

Smith-Sproul

Ericsson-Marchenko

Power Play

Unit 1-Tatar-Neilsen-Zetterberg-Vanek (net-front)-Green

Unit 2-Nyquist-Larkin-Sheahan-Helm (net-front)-Sproul

Starter

Petr Mrazek

Scratches

Ouellet, Abdelkader (day-to-day, lower body injury), Jimmy Howard (back up)

As you can see, lineups are pretty much the same as the San Jose game. Why mess with what was the Wings best offensive performance so far this season?

Carolina Hurricanes Projected Lineup, Injuries and Scratches

(Courtesy The Daily Face Off)

Forwards

Jeff Skinner-Victor Rask-Lee Stempniak

Joakim Nordstrom-Jordan Staal-Sebastian Aho

Teuvo Teravainen-Elias Lindholm-Phil Di Giuseppe

Bryan Bickell-Jay McClement-Viktor Stalberg

Defense

Ron Hainsey-Justin Faulk

Jaccob Slavin-Brett Pesce

Noah Hanafin-Klas Dahlbeck

Power Play

Unit 1- Skinner-Rask-Bickell (net-front)-Hanafin-Stempniak

Unit 2- Aho-Staal (net-front)-Teravainen-Lindholm-Faulk

Starter

Eddie Lack

Scratches

Andrej Nestrasil,Martin Frk (familiar names, eh?) Cam Ward (back up)

If Skinner doesn’t play that’ll be a boost to the Red Wings. Expect Teravainen to jump up into his role on the first line and Nestrasil to slot in the fourth line. But considering the lines in practice, I expect Skinner to play.

Strap in for a good one. The Hurricanes have the ability to surprise you.

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