Detroit’s got a winning team! Detroit’s got a winning team! That’s right, a team which has empirical proof that it is indeed capable of winning a regular-season game. The Wings beat the Cats down in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, and even gave the fans a little OT to let the feeling last a little longer. Now the Wings are back in Detroit for a three game home-stand, with the Canes up first on the docket.
You’d better believe that, after their first win of the season, the Wings will roll the same lines. Larkin was good, Rasmussen had his first goal called back and then set up the screen for Cholowski’s (Lidstrom-record-tying) goal, and Nyquist finally added a goal in the game-winner to go with all those assists.
The only real mystery will be who is in net. Bernier may get a rep tonight, but we will have an update for you whenever we get word.
Nyquist - Larkin - Helm
Bertuzzi - Nielsen - Athanasiou
Abdelkader - Glendening - Rasmussen
Vanek - Ehn - Mantha
Cholowski - Daley
Kronwall - Jensen
Ericsson - Hicketts
Howard or Bernier
What’s up with the Hurricanes?
Carolina finally might be delivering on a little bit of the promise that was made when they went into their rebuild years ago. They started the season hot, but they’re on a three game losing streak right now, so it will be interesting to see how Jordan Staal, Sebastian Aho, Dougie Hamilton, and the rest of the Carolina gang responds in Detroit. I can already see the headlines now if Detroit pulls out another win: HURRICANES A MIRAGE ONCE AGAIN.
Okay, maybe it won’t be that hyperbolic, but it will be pretty damning if their skid continues against the worst team in the league (that’s us, in case you were still basking in Saturday’s afterglow.) It should be a good test for the Wings, because the Canes are constructed similarly to the Red Wings, but they are a few years further along in their rebuild. The game has the potential to turn into a real track race.
So, what’s waiting for Detroit beyond the curtain tonight? A first win on home ice, or another disappointment? You know the drill. Predict it below.