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Stop The Bleeding | Detroit Red Wings vs Washington Capitals Game Preview

Detroit Red Wings vs Washington Capitals Game Preview.
Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings take on the Washington Capitals tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST.

The Red Wings dropped their sixth straight game at home, their worst losing streak at home since 1986 and were lucky to sneak three points out of those games. It is easy to see what is wrong with the Red Wings currently and it is not a lack of effort, but someone has to step up soon or the Wings will continue to fall in the standings.

Washington has received a ton of production from their top players and newly acquired asset, Mikhail Grabovski (6 goals, 11 assists). Alexander Ovechkin is back to his Maurice Richard winning days and is currenty second in the NHL with 14 goals. The Wings’ will have their hands full with the Caps tonight.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk – Todd Bertuzzi

Tomas Tatar – Johan Franzen – Daniel Alfredsson

Daniel Cleary – Darren Helm – Mikael Samuelsson

Drew Miller – Joakim Andersson – Justin Abdelkader

Defensemen

Jonathan Ericsson – Niklas Kronwall

Danny DeKeyser – Kyle Quincey

Jakub Kindl – Brian Lashoff 

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

Pavel Datsyuk had two goals against the Jets and tied Lidstrom on the Red Wings’ career goals list, but it was not enough to secure a victory at home.

11 of the Red Wings last 15 goals have been generated by the Wings’ the first line. That type of production is not sustainable and will eventually breakdown, which mean the Wings need their secondary players to step up and produce.

Jonathan Ericsson returns to the line-up tonight, which means Xavier Ouellet will be a healthy scratch tonight. Ouellet was a solid defenseman for the Wings, but have Ericsson back in the line-up should give the defense a big boost.

Daniel Cleary re-joins the line-up after being given a night off and will replace Tomas Tatar on the 3rd line.

Patrick Eaves was placed on waivers yesterday and by noon today we will know whether he has been claimed by another team or will be heading to Grand Rapids.

Speaking of Grand Rapids, yesterday Jordin Tootoo was assigned to the Griffins to make room for the return of Ericsson.

I would rather be Luke Glendening than Joakim Andersson during tonight’s game; having Miller and Abdelkader on the wings is a step up from Cleary and Samuelsson at the moment.

Prediction: Despite the Red Wings’ ability to and skill they have not been able to translate it into and victory and that will continue tonight. 3-2 Capitals victory.

UPDATE: Luke Glendening has been sent down to Grand Rapids and Tomas Tatar re-joins the line-up.

Topics: Detroit Red Wings, NHL Puck Drop

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