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Time: 7:30pm ET

Place: Little Caesar’s Arena

TV: FSD, Sportsnet

Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket, 1270 AM

Canadiens Blog: Eyes on the Prize

Here we go again! It’s been almost two weeks since the Red Wings last won a game, and that was as easy a schedule as we are going to see this season. The losing streak sits at 5 games, will it extend to 6? 7? 50? The Habs are on the tail end of a back-to-back, and then we’ll both head back to their barn to fight it out again on Saturday.

Let’s pick out the good bits from this trash trail mix

Gustav Nyquist is hungry for a goal, he had a lot of good chances against the Kings and has had great chemistry with Zetterberg (who doesn’t?), if he keeps pressing he’s going to find the back of the net soon. They’re still looking for a third who will fit in best, and with Nielsen ready to come back there’s more room to experiment with the forward lines.

Slave to the Grind

We’re at that point of a losing streak where the narrative is all about “grinding it out” and “grinding out wins” and “keep on grinding” and “stop grinding your teeth or you’ll have to wear a mouthguard when you sleep”.

Stop it. This is not the time to clench your jaw and plow your way forward, that’s not how we win games anymore. Preach about grit all you want, but we’ve got tricky speedsters, smart passing, and flexible line pairings. Stop thinking about being a sledgehammer and start being a scalpel, that’s the new Red Wings Way™. However, Kronwall is more than welcome to sledgehammer his way through the rest of the season, you can tell he’s feeling better than last year and I hope it continues.

If at first you don’t succeed, and if at fifth you don’t succeed, try again.

Let’s Go Red Wings!

Lineup

Red Wings Expected Lineups

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg David Booth
Tomas Tatar Dylan Larkin Anthony Mantha
Darren Helm Frans Nielsen Justin Abdelkader
Luke Glendening Andreas Athanasiou Scott Wilson


Defensemen

Danny DeKeyser Mike Green
Jonathan Ericsson Nick Jensen
Niklas Kronwall Xavier Ouellet


Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Petr Mrazek

Canadiens Expected Lineups

Forwards

Max Pacioretty Phillip Danault Andrew Shaw
Alex Galchenyuk Jonathan Drouin Paul Byron
Charles Hudon Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Nicolas Deslauriers Jacob De La Rose Byron Froese


Defensemen

Karl Alzner Jeff Petry
Joe Morrow Jordie Benn
Jakub Jerabek David Schlemko


Goaltenders

Antti Niemi
Carey Price

Gameday Prediction Contest

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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.

First off, if you don't have an SBN Username, make one! We'd love to have you, plus it's much easier to track your predictions season-long. Then make your guess on the winning team, final score, and who the Red Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated. 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. Only one submission per person, please. The Red Wings 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 3 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct, you'll receive 15 points.

Good luck!