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Morning Skate: Red Wings vs Panthers

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, Michigan

TV: FDT+

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Panthers Blogs: Litter Box Cats

Meow.

The Good Guys are coming off of a piping hot win-streak right now. Four in a row, all of which they have score four or more goals in. Detroit has been lifted by their power-play as of late, which is now ranked 6th in the league.

I wouldn’t take these Panthers for granted, though. They have a surge of talented young players like rookie Aaron Ekblad, who is making a strong case to be in the Calder race. Now that they have a real goalie, and not Tim Thomas, yeah I would say they are a different team this year. If the Wings can keep focused on their ways of scoring a lot, then they will have no issues. Jimmy Howard has been performing quite well, even having let in a few softies.

Let’s keep to our scoring ways. Detroit has scored four or more goals in seven of the last nine games, and if they can keep that up, it will be hard to stop them.

The Expected Lineups

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Johan Franzen
Gustav Nyquist Riley Sheahan Tomas Tatar
Tomas Jurco Darren Helm Stephen Weiss
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Joakim Andersson

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Jakub Kindl Brendan Smith

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Petr Mrazek


Scratches: Daniel Cleary, & Brian Lashoff

Injuries: Justin Abdelkader (shoulder)

Forwards

Jonathan Huberdeau Nick Bjugstad Jussi Jokinen (questionable)
Sean Bergenheim Aleksander Barkov (questionable) Brad Boyes
Tomas Fleischmann Vincent Trocheck Jimmy Hayes
Tomas Kopecky Derek MacKenzie Brandon Pirri

Defensemen

Brian Campbell Aaron Ekblad
Willie Mitchell Dmitry Kulikov
Dylan Olsen Erik Gudbranson

Goaltenders

Roberto Luongo (Starting)
Al Montoya

Opponent Outlook

Player to Fear: Aaron Ekblad. The most-current 1st overall pick has been putting the backend of this team on his back, and is doing a damn good job of it.

X-Factor: Roberto Luongo. Still a good goalie, and has the ability to steal a game.

Familiar Faces: Tomas Kopecky! hehe

Stuff to think about:

  • The Red Wings are 16-7-5 all-time against Florida in the regular season
  • Tomas Jurco has scored 7 points in his last 7 games.
  • Jimmy Howard is 4-1-0 in his last 5 games.

LGRW

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