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NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: FSD

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

Stars Blog: Defending Big D

The first quarter of the season is over and after the overtime loss on Saturday the Red Wings find themselves looking up at all but Buffalo and the New York Islanders in the standings. While that sounds bad (and it is not great by any stretch) they are only five points out of third in the Atlantic and three points out of the second Wild Card spot in the East. This season is far from over and if they can find some level of consistency a run for a playoff spot is not unthinkable. Of course, if they are going to do that they are going to have to stop losing players to injury every game. Tyler Bertuzzi and Brendan Smith joined the ranks of the injured after both were hurt during the last game against Montreal, bringing the total of injured Red Wings to six (eight if you include LTIRetired Johan Franzen and Joe Vitale). Both were placed on IR and are expected to miss a month of hockey. It is not all doom and gloom on the injury front however as Tomas Jurco, who was in Grand Rapids on a conditioning stint following off season back surgery, was recalled and it appears he will make his season debut tonight.

The Dallas Stars come into their last regular season game at the Joe on the back end of a back -to-back with some injury and consistency issues of their own. Losing the likes of Mattias Janmark, Ales Hemsky and Jiri Hudler has forced the Stars to lean on their top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and team goal scoring leader Patrick Eaves even more. No that is not a typo folks, former Red Wing Patrick Eaves leads the Dallas Stars in goals right now. The last few seasons has produced some very interesting and even entertaining hockey games between these two former Norris Division rivals. Here is hoping tonight is another entertaining game with the good guys coming out on top.

Red Wings Expected Lineup

Forwards

Tomas Tatar

Henrik Zetterberg

Anthony Mantha

Justin Abdelkader

Frans Nielsen

Luke Glendening

Gustav Nyquist

Dylan Larkin

Tomas Vanek

Drew Miller

Riley Sheahan

Tomas Jurco


Defensemen

Danny DeKesyer

Mike Green

Niklas Kronwall

Xavier Ouellet

Jonathan Ericcson

Ryan Sproul


Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek

Jared Coreau

Scratches:Steve Ott

Injuries: Jimmy Howard (lower body), Alexey Marchenko (upper body), Tyler Bertuzzi (ankle), Andreas Athanasiou (knee), Brendan Smith (knee), Darren Helm (shoulder), Johan Franzen (concussion), Joe Vitale (concussion)

Stars Expected Lineup

Forwards

Antoine Roussel

Tyler Seguin

Patrick Eaves

Jamie Benn
Radek Faksa

Brett Richie

Lauri Korpikoski

Jason Spezza

Adam Cracknell

Devin Shore

Cody Eakin

Patrick Sharp


Defensemen

Esa Lindell

John Klingberg

Jamie Olesiak

Jordie Benn

Patrik Nemeth

Julius Honka


Goaltenders

Kari Lehtonen

Amtti Niemi

Injuries: Ales Hemsky (hip), Jiri Hudler (Illness), Mattias Janmark (knee), Johnny Oduya (lower body)


RED WINGS

THE MATCHUP

STARS

10-10-2 (22 pts, t6th in Atlantic)

Record

9-8-6 (24 pts; t4th in Central)

2.32 (25th in NHL)

Goals Per Game

2.59 (13th in NHL)

2.64 (19th)

Goals Against Per Game

3.27 (29th)

14.3% (24th)

Power Play %

18.1% (14th)

80.0% (21st)

Penalty Kill %

78.7% (26th)

28.1 (29th)

Shots For Per Game

29.1 (21st)

30.7 (t17th)

Shots Against Per Game

30.8 (20th)

51.6 (t6th)

Faceoff %

49.5 (t16th)

Dylan Larkin (6)

Goals Leader

Patrick Eaves (9)

Zetterberg/Nyquist  (14)

Points Leader

Tyler Seguin (22)

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Game Day Prediction Contest

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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.