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Stars Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder
After a 3-2 loss in Toronto last night, even the staunchest of playoff holdouts must admit that the Red Wings are playing for little more than pride and development for next season. Their opponents are playing for much more however as they are locked in another battle to the end for a playoff spot, this time with the Maple Leafs. The Bruins, one of the hotter teams in the NHL since firing Claude Julien at the beginning of February, are led by the talented but often dirty Brad Marchand, top two-way center Patrice Bergeron and the exciting David Pastrnak.
The Red Wings come in to tonight’s game having lost their last three games and are still struggling to find their identity. With the last rights being administered to their playoff hopes last night the Red Wings find themselves in completely unknown territory as the best they can hope for is to play spoiler down the stretch, hopefully while giving their young players as much time as they can in order to further their development.
I know a lot of fans will be rooting for the Red Wings to lose as many games as possible to close out the season to get themselves as good a draft pick as possible. But they cannot lose them all and tonight against the hated Bruins is definitely one we should all be rooting for them to win.
Red Wings Lineup
|Gustav Nyquist||Henrik Zetterberg||Tomas Tatar|
|Andreas Athanasiou||Frans Nielsen||Anthony Mantha|
|Justin Abdelkader||Darren Helm||Dylan Larkin|
|Luke Glendening||Riley Sheahan||Drew Miller|
|Dan DeKeyser||Mike Green|
|Niklas Kronwall||Nick Jensen|
|Xavier Ouellet||Robbie Russo|
Scratches: Mitch Callahan
Injuries:, Ryan Sproul, Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Ericsson, Johan Franzen (LTIR), Joe Vitale (LTIR)
|Brad Marchand||Patrice Bergeron||David Backes|
|Peter Cehlarik||David Krejci||David Pastrnak|
|Frank Vatrano||Ryan Spooner||Drew Stafford|
|Tim Schaller||Dominic Moore||Riley Nash|
|Zdeno Chara||Brandon Carlo|
|Torey Krug||Adam McQuaid|
|Kevan Miller||Colin Miller|
|25-28-11 (61 pts, 8th in Atlantic)||Record||34-26-6 (74 pts, 3rd in Atlantic)|
|2.40 (26th in NHL)||Goals Per Game||2.73 (t15th in NHL)|
|2.97 (26th)||Goals Against Per Game||2.61 (12th)|
|12.9 (30th)||Power Play %||20.2 (13th)|
|81.3 (14th)||Penalty Kill %||85.7 (2nd)|
|28.3 (t24th)||Shots For Per Game||33.8 (2nd)|
|30.7 (t18th)||Shots Against Per Game||26.4 (2nd)|
|52.7 (4th)||Faceoff %||52.8 (3rd)|
|Tomas Tatar (15)||Goals Leader||Brad Marchand (30)|
|Henrik Zetterberg (51)||Points Leader||Brad Marchand (68)|
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.
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.