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Feb. 14, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Tomas Holmstrom (96) is honored with his family for playing in 1000 games before the game against the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Detroit Red Wings vs Dallas Stars

Before the game tonight, Red Wing Tomas Holmstrom will officially announce his retirement from the NHL at 4:30 p.m. ET. Do you feel that breeze? That is the collective “phew” from every goalie in the league.

The Detroit Red Wings prepare for the home opener today against the Dallas Stars, at 7:30 ET.

The Red Wings are riding high after their first win of the season against the Columbus Blue Jackets last night in the shootout. The Red Wings played a much better game against the Blue Jackets and will have to come out firing again today if they want to best the Dallas Stars. The Stars come into the game with strong goaltending for Kari Lehtonen and solid offensive production from Jaromir Jagr and Loui Eriksson. The Red Wings will have to play strong defence in order to stop snipers Jagr and Eriksson from getting too many chances.

The Red Wings will have to cut down on their penalties as well. In the third period the Red Wings had 5 penalties in a span of 11 minutes, which lead to two Columbus goals and gave them a 3-2 lead in the game. The Wings cannot give teams these opportunities to  come back.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk – Damien Brunner

Johan Franzen – Valtteri Filppula – Gustav Nyquist

Dan Cleary – Justin Abdelkader – Drew Miller

Patrick Eaves – Cory Emmerton – Jordin Tootoo

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall – Brian Lashoff

Brendan Smith – Kyle Quincey

Kent Huskins – Ian White

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

 Another name was added to the Red Wings injury report last night in Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder). He will join Jan Mursak (shoulder), Todd Bertuzzi (flu), Darren Helm (back), Jakub Kindl (groin), Jonas Gustavsson (groin), and Mikael Samuelsson (groin) on the injury bug list. Jonathan Ericsson will not play tonight as well. He was hurt on Sunday during practice and was replaced in the line-up yesterday by Brian Lashoff who had an outstanding game. Today Jonathan Ericsson is replased in the line-up by Kent Huskins.

Patrick Eaves will be making his second start and looked solid in his return yesterday. He was not afraid to hit or be hit by players and even had a couple shots on net.

Feb. 14, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Cory Emmerton (48) checks Dallas Stars center Tom Wandell (23) in the first period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Jordin Tootoo brought energy to the Red Wings line-up yesterday by starting of the contest with a fight within the first 3 second and throughout the game he threw his body around.

If Kent Huskins makes it to Detroit on time and signs his contract he will be playing his first game as a Red Wing tonight, which will also be his 300th NHL game.

Damien Brunner has officially arrived in the NHL. He has 9 shots in the past two games and the shootout deke was very datsyukian. I am looking forward to when he will be producing points outside of the shootout.

Prediction: The Red Wings bring the confidence from winning last night back to the Joe where 20,000 screaming fans will invigorate the team even more. Dallas won’t know what hit them. 4-1 Red Wings Victory.

What is your prediction for the game?

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