Time: 7:30pm ET
Place: Little Caesars Arena
TV: NBCSN, NBCSP
Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket, 1270 AM
Tonight the Wings take on the Flyers in a game that could have had a lot more-interesting meaning had Petr Mrazek not won his last game and gotten to five with the Flyers before meeting his old team. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the conditions on the deal that sent Mrazek to Philadelphia turns their guaranteed 4th rounder this year into a third rounder if he wins five games (done) and if the Flyers make the playoffs (fingers crossed, I guess).
It’s still possible for it to become a 2nd rounder, but Detroit needs Mrazek to win at least six playoff games and for the Flyers to make it as far as the Eastern Conference Final for that. There’s nothing we can do about rooting for that right now, but we still do have the thing where we have to hope the Flyers can hold onto what is currently a six-point cushion over the 9th-place Florida Panthers who also happen to have three games in hand.
Of course, Philly would also have to fall out of their current spot as the 3-seed in the Metropolitan Division, but I’ll unclench when they do clinch.
Oh hey, the Detroit Red Wings are also playing in this game. I’m in a weird spot with a ten-game losing streak just kind of making me tired of all the grumpiness and the faux-confusion about the grumpiness from pockets of #teamtank who pretend like they can’t understand people simply disagreeing with them. Honestly I’ve kind of enjoyed the Wings’ process over the last little stretch while also enjoying how they’ve gotten kind of shit luck on their way to double-digits in the consecutive loss column.
If you’re going to the game, get there early and get me a Frans Nielsen bobblehead.
Let’s Go Red Wings!
Detroit Red Wings
(Based on Sunday’s lineup in Colorado)
Tyler Bertuzzi - Henrik Zetterberg – Gustav Nyquist
Anthony Mantha – Dylan Larkin – Darren Helm
Andreas Athanasiou – Frans Nielsen – Justin Abdelkader
Evgeny Svechnikov – Luke Glendening – Martin Frk
Jonathan Ericsson – Trevor Daley
Danny DeKeyser – Mike Green
Niklas Kronwall – Nick Jensen
Claude Giroux - Sean Couturier - Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom - Nolan Patrick - Jakub Voracek
Michael Raffl - Valtteri Filppula - Wayne Simmonds
Jori Lehtera - Scott Laughton - Matt Read
Ivan Provorov - Shayne Gostisbehere
Travis Sanheim - Andrew MacDonald
Robert Hagg - Radko Gudas
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.
Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 3 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct, you'll receive 15 points.