We don’t know the status of Thomas Vanek and probably won’t until gametime, so if he’s not good to go after having a Blue Jackets player fall on his ankle last night, expect either Tomas Jurco or Steve Ott to climb back into the lineup on the fourth line with a bit of juggling above to try and replace the team’s leading goalscorer.
Red Wings Expected Lineup
|Gus Nyquist||Henrik Zetterberg||Anthony Mantha|
|Andreas Athanasiou||Darren Helm||Thomas Vanek|
|Tomas Tatar||Frans Nielsen||Dylan Larkin|
|Justin Abdelkader||Luke Glendening||Riley Sheahan|
|Danny DeKeyser||Mike Green|
|Nick Jensen||Brendan Smith|
|Ryan Sproul||Xavier Ouellet|
Wild Expected Lineup
|Nino Niederreiter||Eric Staal||Charlie Coyle|
|Jason Zucker||Mikko Koivu||Mikael Granlund|
|Zach Parise||Erik Haula||Jason Pominville|
|Chris Stewart||Tyler Graovac||Jordan Schroeder|
|Ryan Suter||Jared Spurgeon|
|Marco Scandella||Mathew Dumba|
|Gustav Olofsson||Christian Folin|
Detroit’s Youngsters vs. NHL Elite - The Red Wings are in the middle of a very tough stretch of games. Players like Ryan Sproul and Nick Jensen are facing difficult match-ups every game and this afternoon will not be an exception. The Wild have three strong lines that will put a lot of pressure on the young Detroit defense. Hopefully games like this one can be positive growing opportunities for the future of the Wings.
Special Teams - The Detroit power play has been improving over the last few games. Converting on the man advantage is key for Detroit to stay in games against the NHL’s best.
Hockeytown > State of Hockey - If you believe it then it must be true.