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The Detroit Red Wings are back in Joe Louis Arena to take on the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Red Wings dropped their seventh straight game in a row and have now lost eight straight home games. Detroit looked like they were playing not to lose against the Predators and 9 times out of 10 that is a strategy that does not translate into a win. Tonight they have to come out strong and look to win. The Red Wings beat the Hurricanes in overtime in Carolina and will be looking for another victory at home.
The Hurricanes have had issues scoring goals this season and their top goalscorer, Alexander Semin, is out indefinitely with a concussion. Going up against a team that cannot put a lot of points on the board could be a blessing for the Wings, but with Cam Ward back in net for Carolina it could be tougher to score than the Wings would hope.
The Red Wings have a 37-27-8 record against Carolina and have won 68.9% of the games at Joe Louis Arena.
Over the past five seasons, the Red Wings have had a good amount of success against the Hurricanes. (4-1-0)
Danny DeKeyser hurt his shoulder in the game against Nashville and has been placed on Long Term Injured Reserve
The Red Wings are looking to lock up Jonathan Ericsson for the foreseeable future and according to Bob McKenzie they are close to getting that accomplished.
Detroit has recalled Gustav Nyquist from Grand Rapids, which means Stephen Weiss or Daniel Alfredsson are either still not ready to return or a player like Daniel Cleary or Mikael Samuelsson will be a healthy scratch.
Nyquist could play tonight and be sent back down to the AHL with the waiver exemption intact, but if he plays two games in the NHL then he will have to stay with Detroit or clear waivers on his way to Grand Rapid and he will not clear waivers.
Brendan Smith had a first game back from injury and should continue to improve on the ice as the season goes on.
Prediction: The Wings need to end this losing streak before it is too late.