Morning Skate: Devils at Red Wings

Game 14

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Devils Blogs: In Lou We Trust


After such a promising start to the season, this week has not been fun. Looking at the schedule a week ago, who would've guessed that the Red Wings would take care of business at home against the Kings. Only to hit the road and get 2 out of 6 points in the next three against the Sabres, Senators and a banged up Rangers team. Quite frankly, it was a disappointing road trip.

Thankfully the Wings are back home tonight. Hopefully they'll remember all the goals they scored last time they were at the Joe. The Devils team they face is improved since last season. They're old though. New Jersey's average age is just over 30. No other team is at or over 30. But hey, age doesn't seem to matter when it comes to Jaromir Jagr. The old man keeps on going. Between the pipes, sadly for opposing teams, Martin Brodeur is gone. It's Cory Schneider's team now. He hasn't had much help though while shorthanded. The Devils rank last in the league on the PK. Tonight would be a great time for the Wings power play to start clicking.

The Expected Lineups


Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Gustav Nyquist
Tomas Jurco Darren Helm Johan Franzen
Daniel Cleary Luke Glendening Drew Miller


Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Brendan Smith Danny DeKeyser
Jakub Kindl Brian Lashoff


Jimmy Howard (starting)
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Joakim Andersson & Andrej Nestrasil

Injuries: Stephen Weiss (groin) & Kyle Quincey (ankle)


Dainius Zubrus Travis Zajac Jaromir Jagr
Ryane Clowe Patrik Elias Michael Ryder
Mike Sislo Jacob Josefson Damien Brunner
Tuomo Ruutu Stephen Gionta Steve Bernier


Andy Greene Damon Severson
Bryce Salvador Marek Zidlicky
Eric Gelinas Adam Larsson


Cory Schneider (starting)
Keith Kinkaid

6-5-2 (14 pts; 5th in WC race) Record 6-3-4 (16 pts; 2nd in WC race)
2.69 (15th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.54 (18th in NHL)
3.08 (23rd) Goals Against Per Game 2.23 (11th)
22.7% (8th) Power Play % 13.7% (25th)
66.7% (30th) Penalty Kill % 88.9% (4th)
Mike Cammalleri (5 goals) Goal Leader Gustav Nyquist (7 goals)
3 tied with 9 points Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (15 points)

Opponent Outlook

Player to Fear: I'll go with Schneider. He'll probably look like Terry Sawchuk tonight.

X-Factor: Michael Ryder. He always scores on the Wings. At least he did with Dallas.

Familiar Faces: Jordin Tootoo (he's hurt) & Damien Brunner

  • The Red Wings are 42-36-11-1 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the New Jersey Devils.
  • Howard is 1-2-0 with a 2.36 GAA and .905 SV% in 3 games against the Devils./
Let's Go Red Wings.