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NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Minnesota Wild Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

12:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: NBC

Online Streaming: NBC Live Extra

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

Wild Blog: Hockey Wilderness

Not many games left, folks. Thank goodness.

The Minnesota Wild clinched a playoff spot yesterday, despite losing to the Vancouver Canucks. The Wild have been a real strong contender all season long, but have fallen flat in the last month. They’ve won only three games out of their last 12. That’s bad.

After today, there will be eight games left on the schedule — four of them being at the Joe before it closes its doors for good.

There’s not much to say at this point. I think we’re all pretty numb to how bad the Red Wings have been. I’m mentally limping into the end of this season. The Wild are a good team, but the Wings have a good opportunity to take it to them as they ride through this slump.

Jimmy Howard is expected to get the start today, that’s the only lineup change anticipated as of right now.

NOTE: The Red Wings will be playing three games in three days starting today. They’ll draw the Hurricanes on Monday and Tuesday.

Red Wings

Forwards

Tomas Tatar Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist
Anthony Mantha Frans Nielsen Riley Sheahan
Andreas Athanasiou Dylan Larkin Justin Abdelkader
Luke Glendening Tomas Nosek Drew Miller

Defensemen

Dan DeKeyser Nick Jensen
Niklas Kronwall Mike Green
Xavier Ouellet Robbie Russo

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Wild

Forwards

Jason Zucker Mikko Koivu Mikael Granlund
Zach Parise Eric Staal Charlie Coyle
Nino Niederreiter Martin Hanzal Jason Pominville
Chris Stewart Erik Haula Jordan Schroeder

Defensemen

Ryyan Suter Jared Spurgeon
Marco Scandella Mathew Dumba
Jonas Brodin NAte Prosser

Goaltenders

Devan Dubnyk
Darcy Kuemper

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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.