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The Wings make the hike down to the Tidewater to dash Carolina’s attempts to get back in the playoff race.

NHL: JAN 20 Hurricanes at Red Wings Photo by Allan Dranberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

There’s a song by the Scorpions that comes to mind lately when we play Carolina. It’s the song that skyrocketed them into the mainstream of rock and roll and to this day is one of the staples of their live shows (are they still touring? I saw them in 2009 as part of their “farewell” tour, but I think that tour might still be going.) Of course, I’m talking about their seminal single, “Winds of Change.” What song were you thinking of?

In the past few years, Detroit has fared poorly against Carolina. Most recently, the Wings lost to the Canes, 3-1, on January 20th in a frustrating affair. The best part might be that the Wings and Canes get to do it all over again at the end of this month, and then again in the Eastern Conference Finals come playoff time, obviously.

The Canes are coming in on a three game winning streak. Teuvo Teravainen, in particular, has been on a little bit of a tear, picking up three points in two games prior to their most recent 2-0 win against the Habs. Of course, the big question for the Wings will be if they can find a way to crack the defensive coverage of Carolina’s excellent blue line corps to get at their sub-par goal tending.

The Wings may have some momentum tonight to change recent history against this other team that has the gall to wear red and white (seriously, why did Carolina get rid of the warning flags on the uniform?) The Wings solidly controlled play Tuesday night against a good Sharks squad, even if they couldn’t capitalize on enough of their chances. They ended up winning 2-1 in a shootout that featured one of the sauciest Tatar shootout moves Ive ever seen. The game featured a Detroit squad that controlled play throughout the game and fired a season high 44 shots on goal. Look for Detroit to play the Canes hard in this one, especially with the recent 3-1 January 20th loss still fresh in their memory.

Red Wings Line-Up

Forwards
Nyquist - Zetterberg - Mantha
Bertuzzi - Larkin - Athanasiou
Tatar - Nielsen - Helm
Abdelkader - Glendening - Frk

Defensemen
Ericsson - Daley
Kronwall - Green
DeKeyser - Jensen

Goalies
Howard
Mrazek

Hurricanes Line-Up

Forwards
Aho - Staal - Teravainen
McGinn - Rask - Williams
Skinner - Ryan -Stempniak
Nordstrom - Kruger - Lindholm

Defensemen
Slavin - Pesce
Fleury - Faulk
Hanifin - VanRiemsdyke

Goalies
Ward
Darling

Gameday Prediction ContestGameday Prediction Contest

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Game Day Prediction Contest

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First off, if you don't have an SBN Username, make one! We'd love to have you, plus it's much easier to track your predictions season-long. Then make your guess on the winning team, final score, and who the Red Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated. 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. Only one submission per person, please. The Red Wings POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

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