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Goodbye Western Canada | Detroit Red Wings at Winnipeg Jets


The Detroit Red Wings take on the Winnipeg Jets tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Western Canadian Road Trip is almost over for the Detroit Red Wings, but the Jets still stand in their way. The Wings will have to continue to limit the shots on net, keep control of the puck, and limit turnover all while play a full 60 minute of hockey. I know it is tough to ask all of that, but they have play 8 out 9 periods during this Canadian swing that way.

Winnipeg is riding a three game losing streak and will be hungry for a win tonight. The good new for the Wings is that Ondrej Pavelec has not been good this season, if the Wings can get shot on him early and often he could break under the pressure. The Wings will have to find a way to limit Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little on offense though.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk – Todd Bertuzzi

Daniel Cleary – Stephen Weiss – Daniel Alfredsson

Justin Abdelkader – Joakim Andersson – Tomas Tatar

Drew Miller – Darren Helm – Jordin Tootoo

Defensemen

Danny DeKeyser – Niklas Kronwall

Jakub Kindl – Kyle Quincey

Adam Almquist – Brian Lashoff 

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

Brendan Smith hurt himself after getting into a kerfuffle with Will Acton at the end of the Edmonton game and was place on injured reserve and will be out for the next 1 to 2 weeks.

Adam Almquist has been recalled from the Griffins, instead of Xavier Ouellet, to fill out the blueline. We could see Almquist given some power play time.

Petr Mrazek earned his first NHL shutout by stopping a whopping 14 shots by the Edmonton Oilers. He did not have to make a lot of saves, but he did come up with a few big ones.

Johan Franzen‘s will return to the line-up tonight after missing Saturday’s game due to illness and will most likely take over the second line center duties again.

With Franzen returning to the line-up they will have to decide what to do with Stephen WeissJoakim Andersson, and Mikael Samuelsson. Will Weiss return to the second line? Where will Andersson play with Helm back in the line-up? Why is Samuelsson anywhere near the starting line-up?

Darren Helm made his presence in his first game back in the NHL by scoring a goal on his first shift.

There will be added pressure on Danny DeKeyser and Niklas Kronwall tonight, who have been great together, since Smith is hurt and out of tonight’s game. They will most likely receive increased minutes to help give a cushion for Almquist.

Todd BertuzziPavel Datsyuk, and Henrik Zetterberg all got points again and they continue to look dangerous on the ice together.

Prediction: This is an important game for both teams, but with the way the Wings have been playing recently it would be crazy not to go with them again. 3-1 Red Wings.

UPDATE: Jordin Tootoo is in the line-up tonight. Mikael Samuelsson and Johan Franzen are out.

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