Feb 17, 2013; St. Paul, MN, USA; Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar (21) avoids a check from Minnesota Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck (22) during the first period at the Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Doubleheader | Detroit Red Wings At Minnesota Wild Game Preview

The Detroit Red Wings are on the road against the Minnesota Wild in the first of the home-home doubleheader, today at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

The Red Wings picked up a big win against the Penguins on Thursday and are looking to pick-up two more points, tonight. Gustav Nyquist leads the Red Wings with twenty goals and Daniel Alfredsson is starting to catch fire, which means good things for Detroit.

The Wild are 2-1-2 in their last five games and while they are not going to be a top three in the Central Division, they are fighting to hold onto the first wild card spot.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Johan Franzen – David Legwand – Daniel Alfredsson

Gustav Nyquist – Riley Sheahan – Tomas Tatar

Drew Miller – Luke Glendening – Todd Bertuzzi

Teemu Pulkkinen/Cory Emmerton – Darren Helm – Landon Ferraro

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall – Brendan Smith

Kyle Quincey – Danny DeKeyser

Jakub Kindl – Brian Lashoff

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

  • The Red Wings have a 30-14-3 overall record against the Wild and sport a winning percentage of 65.2% against them on Minnesota.
  • Since 2010, the Red Wings are 9-6-0 against the Wild and tonight will be the first of the two back-to-back games.
  • The Red Wings have not played the Wild this season and will get both their games over in two days.
  • David Legwand was fined $5,000 for butt-ending Malkin, but no suspension means he will be in the line-up, tonight.
  • James Neal was fined $5,000, as well, for cross-checking Luke Glendening in the head.
  • Brendan Smith‘s first game with Niklas Kronwall was a huge success for Detroit and Mike Babcock once again looks like a genius.
  • in the third period, Smith stood up Kunitz in the neutral zone.
  • Darren Helm could make his triumphant return to the ice against the Wild and will provide a big boost to the Wings’ fourth line and penalty kill.
  • If Helm is ready to return, Teemu Pulkkinen will be a healthy scratch again and could be sent back down to Grand Rapids after the weekend.
  • Landon Ferraro was terrible on the penalty kill for Detroit late in the game, but he still has speed and hockey smarts, which will serve him well.

Prediction: The Detroit Red Wings at Minnesota Wild is a game that has serious implications to both squads. 2-1 Red Wings victory.

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