Panthers vs Red Wings: A Chance to Knock off the Unbeaten

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JANUARY 30: Carter Verhaeghe #23 of the Florida Panthers tries to get around the stick of Marc Staal #18 of the Detroit Red Wings during the third period at Little Caesars Arena on January 30, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JANUARY 30: Carter Verhaeghe #23 of the Florida Panthers tries to get around the stick of Marc Staal #18 of the Detroit Red Wings during the third period at Little Caesars Arena on January 30, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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The Florida Panthers will visit the Detroit Red Wings tonight at Little Caesars Arena.  Game time is 7:00 PM ET. The Panthers currently lead the league standings with a 7-0-0 record.  The Red Wings currently sit 11th in the league standings with a 4-2-1 record.

Yesterday, the Panthers announced the resignation of Head Coach Joel Quenneville effective immediately.  Andrew Brunette was named the interim head coach.

Red Wings Notes

  • Tyler Bertuzzi leads the Red Wings with six goals, nine points and a +8 rating
  • Moritz Seider leads all rookies and Detroit with six assists
  • Lucas Raymond leads all rookies with eights points
  • Thomas Greiss leads Detroit goalies with three wins, a 2.55 GAA and .917 SV%

Detroit Projected Lineup

Forwards

Tyler Bertuzzi – Dylan Larkin – Lucas Raymond

Robby Fabbri – Pius Suter – Filip Zadina

Vladislav Namestnikov – Michael Rasmussen – Adam Erne

Sam Gagner – Mitchell Stephens – Givani Smith

Defensemen

Nick Leddy – Filip Hronek

Danny DeKeyser – Moritz Seider

Marc Staal – Troy Stecher

Goaltenders

Thomas Greiss (Starting)

Alex Nedeljkovic

Not in lineup

Gustav Lindstrom (Undisclosed Injury), Carter Rowney (Healthy), Jordan Oesterle (Healthy)

Florida Projected Lineup

Forwards

Carter Verhaeghe – Aleksander Barkov – Anthony Duclair

Jonathan Huberdeau – Sam Bennett – Owen Tippett

Mason Marchment – Eetu Luostarinen – Sam Reinhart

Frank Vatrano – Joe Thornton – Patric Hornqvist

Defensemen

Mackenzie Weegar – Aaron Ekblad

Gustav Forsling – Radko Gudas

Kevin Connauton – Brandon Montour

Goaltenders

Sergei Bobrovsky (Starting)

Spencer Knight

Not in lineup

Anton Lundell (Upper Body), Chase Priskie (Healthy), Ryan Lomberg (Healthy)

Panthers Notes

  • Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers in scoring with nine points
  • Anthony Duclair leads the Panthers with five goals
  • Gustav Florsling leads the Panthers with seven assists
  • Aaron Ekblad leads the Panthers with a +9 rating
  • Sergei Babrovsky has started five games and has a 1.79 GAA and a .946 SV%

Personal Note

Before turning professional, Florida LW Carter Verhaeghe played for my hometown team, the Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL), for four years.  In 2014-15, Vergaeghe was the captain of the Ice Dogs.  He recently played his 100th NHL game.  He was in my grade 12 class while he was a student in my school, and I am very proud of his accomplishments as a NHL player.

More. Are the Wings better than we thought? The Upcoming schedule should reveal more. light