The Detroit Red Wings are in the state made infamous by MTV to take on the New Jersey Devils at 7:00 p.m. EST tonight.
The Red Wings will be looking to bounce back after a horrific third period performance tonight and that begin and ends with puck possession. If the Wings can hold onto the puck and keep the turnovers to a minimum it could mean a victory, but if they play like they did in the third period without any heart it could spell disaster.
The Devils are 2-2-1 in their past five games and only Jagr has been playing well for them as of late. As for former Red Wing, Damien Brunner, he has hit the wall early in New Jersey (Who could have expected that?). In net, both Schneider and Brodeur have been decent for the Devils and could cause a problem for the star starved Red Wings.
The Red Wings have a 40-40-11 overall record against the Devils and have struggled mightily on the road against the Devils, racking up a 36.7% winning percentage. The overall record does not include the four game Stanley Cup Finals sweep that they laid down on us in 1995, those a**holes.
Since 2010, the Red Wings are 2-2-0 against the Devils. Tonight will be the Red Wings first game against the Devils this season.
Jonas Gustavsson has been incredible for the Wings in net and is now 7-0-1 on the season and will be starting for the Wings tonight and they could use his luck in net.
On the other side of the coin, Jimmy Howard has continued to struggle. The loss against the Flyers was not his fault and neither was a lot of his losses, but he has not been able to come up big for Detroit when it counted either.
Darren Helm was injured during the Flyers game and will be out for Friday’s game against the Devils and Saturday’s game against Florida, but could return next week.
But Todd Bertuzzi will return to action, which should bring some more grit to the Red Wings top line.
Cory Emmerton did not accomplish much in his first game back with the Wings, but without Helm in the line-up tonight he will receive another shot.
The defense played well for the Red Wings in the first and second period, but the collapse in the third hurt the entire team. Tonight they will have to be better in order to secure a victory for Detroit.
Prediction: The uphill battle continues for the Red Wings now that Helm is out of the line-up, but the Wings will look to rebound after their terrible 3rd period performance. 3-2 Wings win and so does the snow.