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NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: FS-D, NHLN-US, TVAS

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

Jets Blog: Arctic Ice Hockey

On a night where the longest losing streak in American sports was broken, two continued for the Red Wings. Their winless streak in Philadelphia extended to 12 games, stretching all the way back to 1997, and they failed to put a tally in the W column for the third straight game.

Positivity Corner: the loser point the Wings picked up on Wednesday night was the first earned in those 12 games at Wells Fargo. Progress!

Er, anyway. The Wings welcome Winnipeg, who are winless this week, to wreak their own wrath upon them. The Jets are coming off three straight losses themselves, including a home-and-home with the Capitals. Don’t be fooled by the fact that Winnipeg played last night in DC; they rallied from a 3-0 hole at the beginning of the third period to force overtime (and nearly took the lead before it could get that far) before falling to Ovechkin’s slapshot in the extra frame.

Detroit has had a day of rest since the Philadelphia game, but expect the Jets to be still riding that comeback high, at least for a little bit. Weathering the initial push from the visitors should put the Red Wings in prime position to take the game over and earn two points.

Connor Hellebuyck should be starting for Winnipeg as Hutchinson played last night. Petr Mrazek will take the opposite net in a battle of young standout goalies.

Red Wings Expected Lineups

Forwards

Dylan Larkin Frans Nielsen Gustav Nyquist
Tomas Tatar Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Andreas Athanasiou Darren Helm Riley Sheahan
Steve Ott Luke Glendening Drew Miller


Defensemen

Danny DeKeyser Mike Green
Jonathan Ericsson Alexey Marchenko
Brendan Smith Xavier Ouellet


Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Ryan Sproul

Injuries: Thomas Vanek (mid-lower body injury), Tomas Jurco (back), Niklas Kronwall (knee), Johan Franzen (post-concussion syndrome), Joe Vitale (post-concussion syndrome)

Jets Expected Lineups

Forwards

Nikolaj Ehlers Mark Scheifele Blake Wheeler
Patrik Laine Adam Lowry Joel Armia
Brandon Tanev Mathieu Perreault Kyle Connor
Alexander Burmistrov Andrew Copp Marko Dano


Defensemen

Josh Morrissey Dustin Byfuglien
Toby Enstrom Paul Postma
Julian Melchiori Ben Chiarot


Goaltenders

Connor Hellebuyck (starting)
Michael Hutchinson

JETS THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
4-6-1 (9 pts; 5th in Central) Record 6-4-1 (13 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)
2.45 (22nd in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.73 (16th in NHL)
3.00 (21st) Goals Against Per Game 2.55 (13th)
10.9% (26th) Power Play % 19.0% (16th)
80.5% (20th) Penalty Kill % 82.0% (15th)
Patrik Laine (6 goals) Goals Leader Helm, Vanek, Larkin (4 goals)
Mark Scheifele (9 points) Points Leader Gustav Nyquist (9 points)

Let’s Go Red Wings!!

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