Detroit Red Wings At Florida Panthers Game Preview. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Fun In The Sun | Detroit Red Wings At Florida Panthers Game Preview

The Detroit Red Wings take on the Florida Panthers in Sunrise tonight 7:30 p.m. EST.

The Red Wings have played well of late in net and on offense, but they will need to tighten up defensively and pick-up some secondary scoring in order to win consistently.

The Panthers are 2-3-0 in their past five games and one of their win came against the Detroit Red Wings. Tim Thomas continues to be a thorn in the Red Wings side in net and I blame it on his distracting cage/throat protector.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist – Henrik Zetterberg – Justin Abdelkader

Darren Helm – Pavel Datsyuk – Daniel Alfredsson

Tomas Jurco – Riley Sheahan – Tomas Tatar

Drew Miller – Luke Glendening – Joakim Andersson

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey – Danny DeKeyser

Brendan Smith – Brian Lashoff

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

  • The Red Wings have a 15-5-7 overall record against the Panthers and sport a home wining percentage of 75%.
  • Since 2010, the Red Wings are 3-2-0-2 against the Panthers and tonight will be the last meeting of the season between these two teams.
  • Jonas Gustavsson left Monday’s game against the Canucks after feeling dizzy between the first and second period and will back-up Howard tonight.
  • Jimmy Howard did a great job replacing Gustavsson to earn the win and ha looks to finally be healthy. If I was on the Panthers, I would be worried about playing against Howard right now.
  • Jakub Kindl is out due to a lower-body injury and will not play until after the Olympic break.
  • Pavel Datsyuk could return tonight if he feels healthy enough after the morning skate. I would prefer him to wait, but if he is comfortable and healthy he should play.
  • Gustav NyquistHenrik Zetterberg, and Justin Abdelkader are playing fantastic together and combined for seven of the past ten goals for Detroit.
  • Patrick Eaves takes a seat tonight, with the return of Pavel Datsyuk. I would have preferred to see Joakim Andersson as the scratch.

Prediction: The Detroit Red Wings have had trouble against the Panthers all season and tonight will not be any different. Panthers win 3-1.

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