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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 1:30 PM ET



Teemu Pulkkinen
Pulkkinen
Teemu Pulkkinen will be back in the lineup
after being a healthy scratch on Tuesday.


Brendan Smith will be paired with Niklas Kronwall tonight.

Brendan Smith
Smith

Jimmy Howard
Howard
Jimmy Howard will get the start in goal.

Darren Helm skated again, but did not take part in line rushes.

Darren Helm
Helm

Daniel Cleary
Cleary
Dan Cleary and Joakim Andersson both hit the ice before morning skate for a little while, but did not skate with the team.

Jonas Gustavsson is back from a groin injury, and he'll back up Jimmy.

Jonas Gustavsson
Gustavsson

Jonathan Ericsson
Ericsson
Jonathan Ericsson has been placed on IR after finger surgery.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 11:15 AM ET

Score first - Get off to a fast start and get the early lead. The Wings cant afford to play catch up hockey.

Solid goalkeeping - Jimmy Howard has to be at his best against a potent Pittsburgh offense and the team has to play well in front of him fro 60 minutes.

Rely on your structure - Detroit has to stick with their system and trust the process. Keep the Penguins to the outside.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 10:15 AM ET

(Detroit Red Wings Archive)



On March 20, 1996

Wings acquire forward Kirk Maltby from Edmonton for defenseman Dan McGillis.

On March 20, 1993

John Ogrodnick scores his 400th career regular-season goal in a 7-4 win over the Bruins at the Boston Gardens.
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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 9:15 AM ET

(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)

While Pittsburgh's place in the Stanley Cup playoffs is all but secured, the Red Wings are in a fight to qualify for the 23rd consecutive season. Detroit took a big step Tuesday with a 3-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs that moved them one point behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final wild-card spot and five behind Toronto with three games in hand.

By far the most banged up team in the league and already missing nine forwards, the injuries continue to pile up as Detroit lost their number two defenseman, Jonathan Ericsson, for the remainder of the regular season on Tuesday. Ericsson underwent surgery Wednesday to have pins inserted in his broken left middle finger.  Nevertheless, the Wings will keep plugging away, and with Big E out for 4-6 weeks, Mike Babcock will pair Brendan Smith with Niklas Kronwall for tonight's game.

"He's just got to compete hard and make good decisions with the puck," Babcock said. "Smitty's got the competitive nature you need, he's got the skating you need, the skill you need. His decision making with the puck gets him in trouble at times and his decision making being active, so those are things you grow with, you become a better player. Do more by doing less, make the simple play, don't force things, lots of shifts are 50-50, nothing happens."

Welcome to the Detroit Red Wings Game Day Blog, where you can get behind-the-scenes information, thoughts from players and staff, and up-to-date news on anything and everything Red Wings on game day.

You can watch tonight's 7:30 PM matchup on Fox Sports Detroit, or listen in with Ken Kal and Paul Woods on 97.1 The Ticket or AM1270.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 11:25 PM ET








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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 11:10 PM ET



(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)
Thanks for tuning in tonight...Our next game's Thursday, March 20, when we host Pittsburgh!

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Mar. 20 vs. Pittsburgh
Mar. 22 @ Minnesota
Mar. 23 vs. Minnesota

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 11:00 PM ET

Howard stones Kessel on the breakaway
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel tries to go low on the breakaway but Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard is there to turn him away.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 10:40 PM ET


Stars of the Game powered by Ram Trucks are...

1. Gustav Nyquist (2 Goals)

2. Jake Gardiner (1 Goal)

3. Jimmy Howard (31 SV)

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 10:30 PM ET

(Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)


The Wings got two goals from Gustav Nyquist and a late blast from Daniel Alfredsson to lead Detroit to a 3-2 win over Toronto!

Thanks for tuning in to our Game Day Blog...tune in Thursday when we host Pittsburgh!

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 6:30 PM ET


Justin Abdelkader
Justin Abdelkader
Joakim Andersson
Joakim Andersson
Todd Bertuzzi
Todd Bertuzzi
Daniel Cleary
Daniel Cleary

Abdelkader
(Leg)

Andersson
(Foot)
Bertuzzi
(Lower-Body Injury)
Cleary
(Knee)
Pavel Datsyuk
Pavel Datsyuk
Jonas Gustavsson
Jonas Gustavsson
Darren Helm
Darren Helm
Tomas Jurco
Tomas Jurco

Datsyuk
(Knee)

Gustavsson
(Groin)
Helm
(Upper-Body Injury)
Jurco
(Ribs)
Stephen Weiss
Stephen Weiss
Henrik Zetterberg
 Henrik Zetterberg

Weiss
(Groin)

Zetterberg
(Back)


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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80