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Morning Skate: Detroit Red Wings at Calgary Flames Line Combinations, Start Time, TV Schedule

9:00p ET, Scotiabank Saddledome

Calgary, Alberta

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, RSN

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Flames Blog: Matchsticks and Gasoline

Well, folks, we’ve lost three in a row. Things aren’t looking great right now, but the good news is that it’s a long season. The Red Wings will look to gain their confidence back against a slumping Calgary Flames who have started the season at 1-5-0. Wednesday’s loss to Edmonton was supposed to be a statement game, but we’re just going to shift that to tonight. Tonight, my friends, needs to be a statement from the Red Wings.

We’ve already heard reports of bench boss Jeff Blashill contemplating some changes with the defensive pairings, so we could very well see a different team tonight. Regardless, the Wings need to improve their power-play. They’re sitting at a paltry 10.5% after failing to score on five chances against the Oilers. Unacceptable. With the players we have, this team should be north of 20% all season long.

The obvious mismatch here is Calgary’s defense. I have no idea why Deryk Engelland is playing in the top-four, while Dougie Hamilton is not. That’s a mystery to me. The Red Wings speed, and offensive skill should thrive against that. The key is K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple, Stupid. Go back to basics, gain the zone, set it up, and shoot the damn puck. Let’s win this friggin’ game.

The Expected Red Wings Lineup


Justin Abdelkader Henrik Zetterberg Dylan Larkin
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Gustav Nyquist
Darren Helm Brad Richards Teemu Pulkkinen
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Landon Ferraro


Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Mike Green
Kyle Quincey Jakub Kindl


Jimmy Howard (starting)
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Brendan Smith, Joakim Andersson, Tomas Jurco

Injuries: Johan Franzen, Pavel Datsyuk

The Expected Flames Lineup


Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Michael Frolik
Sam Bennett Mikael Backlund Jiri Hudler
Michael Ferland Joe Colborne Josh Jooris
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan David Jones


Mark Giordano Dennis Wideman
Kris Russell Deryk Engelland
Ladislav Smid Dougie Hamilton


Jonas Hiller (starting)
Joni Ortio

Injuries: TJ Brodie, Lance Bouma

Let’s Go Red Wings!!!


Game Day Prediction Contest

Would you like to predict the outcome of the game and potentially become internet famous? Well you’re in luck, because here’s your opportunity. Here’s how it works.

Make your game predictions on the winning team, final score, and who the Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated in the questions. 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. All other submissions after that will be disregarded. Only one submission per person, please. 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 2 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct you’ll receive 15 points.

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