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Detroit Red Wings v Calgary Flames

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: NHLN, FSD

Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket // 1270 AM CBS Sports Radio

Flames Blog: Matchsticks and Gasoline

The Red Wings come into their game tonight with the Calgary Flames very well rested after having four days off. Wait, what…that scrimmage looking event on Friday with Washington was actually a meaningful hockey game? That is a surprise to me, and judging by the listless and uninspired way they played on Friday it may have been a surprise to the Wings as well.

The Wings come into this game having only won two out of their last ten games since rattling off six wins in their first eight. There is some good news though. As bad as the Wings have looked at times this season Calgary has looked worse. On top of that early season offensive catalyst Thomas Vanek is expected to return to the lineup tonight after missing the last 11 with a hip injury. It will be interesting to see how the lineup shakes out for this one.

For the Flames this season is starting to feel like the same old song for them. Injuries, inconsistencies and goaltender concerns put them near the bottom of the Western Conference but, similarly to the Red Wings, only three points out of third place in their division (the Wings are four points back of third place Ottawa). The loss of Johnny Gaudreau to a broken finger hurts their offense and they cannot seem to keep the puck out of their own net. This is an opportunity for the Red Wings, particularly their struggling power play, to find their offensive game. Here is hoping they remember to tell the team that this is not a scrimmage.

I took my best guess at what Blashill could do with the lines based on some combinations that have found success in the past. Hopefully we will have a better idea after the morning skate.

Red Wings Lineup

Forwards

Dylan Larkin

Henrik Zetterberg

Justin Abdelkader

Gustav Nyquist

Frans Nielsen

Thomas Vanek

Tomas Tatar

Riley Sheahan

Anthony Mantha

Tyler Bertuzzi

Luke Glendening

Steve Ott


Defensemen

Danny DeKesyer

Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson

Alexey Marchenko

Niklas Kronwall

Ryan Sproul


Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Xavier Ouellet, Drew Miller

Injuries: Darren Helm (shoulder), Andreas Athansiou (sprained knee), Tomas Jurco (back), Johan Franzen (concussion), Joe Vitale (concussion)

Flames Lineup

Forwards

Sam Bennett

Sean Monahan

Troy Brouwer

Matthew Tkachuk

Mikael Backlund

Michael Frolik

Matt Stajan

Linden Vey

Alex Chaisson

Michael Ferland

Freddie Hamilton

Garnet Hathaway


Defensemen

Mark Giordano

Dougie Hamilton

T.J. Brodie

Dennis Wideman

Brett Kulak

Deryk Engelland


Goaltenders

Brian Elliott

Chad Johnson

RED WINGS

THE MATCHUP

FLAMES

8-9-1 (17 pts, t6th in Atlantic)

Record

7-11-1 (15 pts; t5th in Pacific)

2.44 (19th in NHL)

Goals Per Game

2.31 (20th in NHL)

2.67 (18th)

Goals Against Per Game

3.31 (29th)

16.4% (t16th)

Power Play %

9.0% (30th)

77.8% (26th)

Penalty Kill %

73.9% (29th)

31.8 (t23rd)

Shots Against Per Game

28.0 (7th)

51.6% (6th)

Faceoff Won %

50.9% (11th)

Dylan Larkin (5)

Goals Leader

Michael Frolik (6)

Zetterberg/Green/Nyquist  (11)

Points Leader

Michael Frolik (12)

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Game Day Prediction Contest

Would you like to predict the outcome of the game and potentially become internet famous? Well you're in luck, because here's your opportunity. Here's how it works.

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.