Time: 9:00 PM EST
Place: Scotiabank Saddledome
TV: FS-Detroit, SN360
Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket/1270 AM
The Wings have crashed back down to earth at 3-3 after that initial surge to start the season and recent lopsided 5-1 and 5-2 losses to the Canucks and Leafs respectively. The injuries have started to add up a little bit already for the Wings who have Danny DeKeyser still listed as day to day with an upper body injury and is now joined by Patrik Nemeth who’s listed as day to day with an illness after playing Tuesday night in Vancouver. Adam Erne is also new to the injury list sporting his own upper body injury and being listed day to day. None of the above were at practice on Wednesday so keep an eye as Thursday moves along to see if any of them end up in the lineup. Jimmy Howard is projected to start after Jonathan Bernier’s tough outing against the Canucks. The Wings big three of Larkin, Mantha, and Bertuzzi will look to get rolling again after being nearly blanked the last two contests except for an early goal in the first minute of the game in Vancouver. It’s clear that unless these three are firing on all cylinders this team will continue to see tough losses as with the last two contests.
The Wings continue their west coast swing through Canada facing off against the Calgary Flames. The Flames are 3-3-1 to start the season and are coming off a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday following back to back losses over the weekend. The Flames are looking to get their offense going which has stalled a bit to start the year. The team is led by Johnny Gaudreau who has 7 points in 7 games to open the season. Also off to decent starts are Matthew Tkachuk, and Elias Lindholm. So watch out for these three and especially Tkachuk as he likes to mix it up between the whistles as well and it’ll be interesting to see if he catches the ire of any Wings players tonight. Calgary’s injury report currently only consists of Jusso Valimaki who is out long-term with a knee injury. The starting goalie for the Flames tonight looks to be David Rittich who is sporting a 2.80 GAA and .912 SV% thus far this season.
Bonus: J.J. was on the Matchsticks & Gasoline podcast talking about this matchup. Give it a listen!