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We asked Punxsatawney Phil for his game day prediction, but instead he gave us the three keys to the game.

Carolina Hurricanes v Detroit Red Wings't Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images

Game Time: 7:00 PM Eastern

Location: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

TV: FS-D, FS-CR

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

Hurricanes Blog: Canes Country

Happy Groundhogs Day! When it comes to our nation’s most arbitrary holidays, this one is my favorite, mostly because of Bill Murray, but also because somehow we have holidays built around dumber concepts than using a groundhog to predict the remaining duration of winter (I’m looking at you, Sweetest Day.)

Punxsatawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, which really only applies to one of the teams playing tonight. For the Canes, I guess it means he guaranteed six more weeks of damp, brown, 40-degree Sprautumn hell in North Carolina. (Seriously, things get pretty bad down there on the rare occasion when it snows.) Hopefully the Wings can share some winter and leave the Canes feeling really cold tonight.

No major line up changes tonight. Mrazek gets the nod to start in net again. He’s played well lately, so let him ride out his hot streak. Something something trade value, ahhhh!

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
Mrazek
Howard

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

Punxsatawney Phil’s Three Keys to the Game

Don’t get stuck in an endless temporal loop. Unless that loop is utter on-ice domination. Then by all means, stay in that temporal loop. Became a grand master pianist during that time for all I care. Just keep winning. The Wings’ last loss against Chicago was painful because the between-period adjustments didn’t work and the team just stumbled on, even-keeled, like a metronome, until well into the third period. Against San Jose, the Wings did a good job at changing speeds to maintain speeds, if you catch my drift. Being proactive will be key against a Canes team that will try to stifle.

Realizing who you love and pursuing them is the only way to move forward in your life. And the Wings’ one true love is scoring goals. And the Wings approach to scoring goals is a lot like our cultural conception of love. We want it to be pretty and beautiful all the time. But tender hearts are reinforced with heavy metal when you’re down in the weeds. So for the love of goals, Detroit, get down in the weeds tonight in front of the net, and pick up some greasy goals!

Punching Ned in the face feels good, but it doesn’t solve your problems. We all have a Ned in our lives that we just want to send to the floor, not because they’re Tampa Bay a persistent jackass, but because they’re Carolina annoying. The Canes aren’t a chippy team, but the Wings have had their buttons pushed enough by this team that the game could get a little cagey. The Canes have a great SOG-differential this season, so don’t take away any more of your opportunities by planting yourself in the sin bin.

Don’t get stuck in an endless temporal loop. Unless that loop is utter on-ice domination. Then by all means, stay in that temporal loop. Became a grand master ice sculptor during that time for all I care. Just keep winning.