Location: 7:30 PM Eastern, Little Caesar’s Arena, Detroit, MI
TV: FSD, FSTN
Radio: 97.1 FM // 1270 AM
I’ve gotten into a groove lately with these game day updates in that the last two I’ve written have fallen on holidays featuring Groundhogs and pastries. So for today we have... uh... the Anniversary of US Postal Act, signed into existence in 1792 by George Washington himself! I will mail a Detroit “Wish You Were Here” card to P.K. Subban in celebration.
Jared Coreau is the not-surprising call-up in lieu of the Mrazek trade to Philadelphia last night. Ken Holland isn’t sure if Coreau will be up for the remainder of the season, though.
Ken Holland said Coreau has earned opportunity to get a look with #RedWings but hasn’t decided if he’ll remain here for rest of season or go back to @griffinshockey only allowed 4 recalls after Monday’s trade deadline, so that plays a factor.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) February 20, 2018
Also, Mike Green is ruled out for tonight. Sorry, folks. Yeah, I’m worried, too. Let’s not talk about it. No word on changes with the Predators’ line up, but because Rinne saw action last night, expect Saros to get the nod tonight.
Three Keys to the Game
Get an early goal. Yes, this should be a key every game, but it is doubly so tonight against the Preds. They are coming off a recent loss to Detroit on Saturday and will want to right the ship, especially with the Jets hot on their trail in the Central division. However, they played last night in Ottawa, and traditionally teams on the second night of a back-to-back come out a little slow. Get to Preds tonight and get that early goal to make up for the vengeance factor.
Make Clean Zone Exits. Without Green and without Mrazek, the Wings are going to have a harder time transitioning out of their zone with clean outlet passes (maybe what I will miss most about Mrazek was how well he played the puck behind the net.) The Wings’ blue line must have an exceptional game tonight with passes that are on point to make up for those who are missing from the line up.
More Tony. Anthony Mantha got his 20th goal of the season against the Leafs. Keep it going! To echo Jeff’s statements from the quick hits this morning, there is still time for him to nab another 10. Detroit actually has two pretty entertaining lines, so lets see more fun in another season that is so likely to end outside of the playoffs.