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Sad Hudler Day | Detroit Red Wings at Calgary Flames

The Detroit Red Wings take on the Calgary Flames and former Red Wing Jiri Hudler tonight at 9:00 p.m. EDT.

The Wings are coming off their first win in the last 5 games and will be looking to continue to pick up victories. If Detroit wants to procure another win tonight, then they need to score more goals; the two goals they scored on Vancouver were enough to get the win, but they need more.

Calgary has been inconsistent so far this season and both Karri Ramo and Joey MacDonald have been victimized at will by the opposing teams offense, let’s hope that continues tonight. On offense, former Red Wing Jiri Hudler and new draftee Sean Monahan lead the team in points, Danny DeKeyser and Niklas Kronwall will have their hands full with them tonight.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk – Todd Bertuzzi

Daniel Cleary – Johan Franzen – Daniel Alfredsson

Justin Abdelkader – Stephen Weiss – Tomas Tatar

Drew Miller – Joakim Andersson – Patrick Eaves

Defensemen

Danny DeKeyser – Niklas Kronwall

Brendan Smith – Kyle Quincey

Jakub Kindl – Brian Lashoff 

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

Patrick Eaves was inserted back into the line-up last game and tonight it is  Johan Franzen‘s return.

Franzen will return to centering the second line, which will drop both Stephen Weiss and Joakim Andersson down a line to make room.

The recalled Luke Glendening will be returned to Grand Rapids at some point during the road trip or after.

The defense was incredible for the Wings against Vancouver and limited the amount of shots that Howard had to contend with. Moving Danny DeKeyser to the top pairing along side Niklas Kronwall seemed to settle everything down.

Jimmy Howard redeemed himself against the Canucks and came up with some big saves to keep the Wings in the game and keep them in the lead at the end.

Can we all just marvel about how well Todd BertuzziPavel Datsyuk, and Henrik Zetterberg play together? They were not able to create points against Vancouver, but they overpowered the Sedins and caused them to be split up in the third.

Stephen Weiss was moved back to the 3rd line, but I expect him to rejoin the second line soon, he is too good to stay as the Wings’ 3rd line center.

Darren Helm is expected to return to the line-up soon and will most likely play on the 4th line until he is ready to take back his 3rd line center duties.

Prediction: The Wings are looking to continue their Western Canada road trip with another victory against the Flames. 3-1 victory for the Wings.

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