7:00p ET, Little Caesars Arena
Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket // 1270 AM CBS Sports Radio
Enigmatic and inconsistent. Probably the two best words to describe the Red Wings season so far. Three games past the official half way point of the season and the Red Wings find themselves almost equidistant from the playoffs (10 points out of the last Wild Card spot) and the bottom of the Eastern Conference (12 points clear of last place Buffalo). The last time we saw our heroes in red they were struggling to keep pace in a lose against Dallas. Tonight they face another inconsistent team trying to find their footing in the slogfest quagmire of the Eastern Conference Wild Card race in the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Canes come into Little Caesars Arena for the first time looking to avoid a third consecutive loss after they were torched 4-1 by the red hot Calgary Flames. Carolina has quietly built a solid foundation up front and along the blue line. Four of their top six point getters up front (Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen, Jeff Skinner, Elias Lindholm) are all 25 years or younger. Their entire starting blue line is 26 or under, led by 25 year old Jeff Faulk, 23 year old Jacob Slavin and 20 year old Noah Hanafin. This is a team with a lot of skill that is a couple pieces away from being very good. One of those pieces is in net as the Cam Ward/Scott Darling experiment has not gone that well. They are not bad but with the blue line in front of them they should not be 22nd in the league in goals against (the Wings are 20th).
This could be a very entertaining game to watch. Both teams have some talented forwards that can score and goalies who have been inconsistent at times this season. Of course, Carolina has a very good blue line and the Red Wings…not so much. Look for a lot of the same names we have become accustomed to seeing leading the way for the Red Wings as they try to gain an important two points on a team in front of them of the potato sack race of an Eastern Conference Wild Card race.
DETROIT RED WINGS
Anthony Mantha – Henrik Zetterberg – Gustav Nyquist
Tyler Bertuzzi – Dylan Larkin – Andreas Athanasiou
Tomas Tatar – Frans Nielsen – Martin Frk
Luke Witkowski –– Dominic Turgeon –– David Booth
Danny DeKeyser – Trevor Daley
Niklas Kronwall– Mike Green
Jonathan Ericsson – Nick Jensen
Scratches:, Xavier Ouellet,
Injuries: Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Luke Glendening (LTIR) Johan Franzen (LTIR)
Sebastian Aho – Jordan Staal – Teuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinn – Victor Rask – Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner – Lucas Wallmark – Justin WIlliams
Joakim Nordstrom – Marcus Kruger – Lee Stempniak
Jacob Slavin – Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin – Trevor van Riemsdyk
Klas Dahlbeck – Haydn Fleury
Injuries: Brett Pesce, Derek Ryan
Game Day Prediction Contest
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