Mar 4, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas (22) and Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) battle for the puck during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Frozen Over | Detroit Red Wings Vs New Jersey Devils Game Preview

The Detroit Red Wings take on the New Jersey Devils in Joe Louis Arena tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST.

The Red Wings continued their proud history of not winning games on special nights for the franchise and the worst part was it was a game that they should have one. The Wings are going to have to scratch and claw their way into the playoffs and the only way to do that is through solid defensive play, which they lacked last night.

The Devils have a record of 3-1-0 since the end of the Olympic break and have been given a good amount of rest to prepare for tonight’s game. Martin Brodeur was not traded at the deadline and could get the start tonight in net, but whether it is him or Cory Schneider the Wings will have their hand full.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Johan Franzen – David Legwand – Gustav Nyquist

Tomas Jurco – Riley Sheahan – Tomas Tatar

Justin Abdelkader – Luke Glendening – Daniel Alfredsson

Drew Miller – Joakim Andersson – Todd Bertuzzi

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey – Danny DeKeyser

Brendan Smith – Brian Lashoff

Goaltender

Jonas Gustavsson

  • The Red Wings have a 41-41-11 overall record against the Devils and sport a solid home winning percentage of 63%.
  • Since 2010, the Red Wings are 3-2-1 against the Devils and tonight will be the second meeting between these teams this week.
  • The Devils bested the Red Wings with 30 seconds left on Tuesday.
  • Jimmy Howard will be given a rest today and maybe Gustavsson will have some more luck between the pipes than Howard has gotten.
  • Luke Glendening seems to have been given a vote of confidence and is centering Daniel Alfredsson and Justin Abdelkader.
  • David Legwand looked good in his first game as a Red Wing, but at times he was not ready to receive the puck and as a result the Wings turned the puck over.
  • I expect Legwand to get better with time, but time is not a commodity the Red Wings have right now.
  • Joakim Andersson dropped down to the 4th line to center Todd Bertuzzi and Drew Miller, but even though he was demoted the 4th line looked dangerous on the ice.

Prediction: The Detroit Red Wings have to win the game tonight in order to get back into eight place in the East. 3-1 victory for Detroit.

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