Detroit Red Wings vs. Minnesota Wild
Play a Complete Game - All players must be on the same page for the entire 60-65 minutes. Play solid in all zones. Compete every shift.
Outstanding Goalkeeping - Jimmy Howard gets the call tonight. He needs to be a brick wall. Make the big saves. Can't allow any soft goals.
Protect The Puck - Limit turnovers and giveaways. Force the Wild to make mistakes and cough up the puck.
On April 4, 1971
The legendary career of Gordie Howe comes to an end in Hockeytown as Mr. Hockey plays his final game as a Red Wing at Madison Square Gardens.
(Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)
They might have a big piece back tonight, as Mike Babcock said forward Pavel Datsyuk could return to the lineup, who has missed seven of the past nine games with a lower-body injury. Datsyuk practiced Friday, but Babcock said they will wait to see how the injury reacts before putting him in the lineup. Detroit could use Datsyuk's production (60 points in 59 games); the Red Wings have won three of their past 10 games and are tied with the Boston Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division, three points ahead of the Ottawa Senators.
"If you can get feeling good about yourself playing well, then you can get on a run and have a special year," forward Justin Abdelkader said. "We're right there with every team in the Eastern Conference. I don't think there's much that separates each team. It's just the teams that are healthy and playing well at the right time."
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Glendening chips loose puck past Rask
Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening chips a loose puck past the shoulder of Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask to open the scoring in the second period.
Tonight's Stars of the Game Powered by Ram Trucks are...
1. Tuukka Rask (35 Saves)
2. Luke Glendening (1 Goal)
3. Zach Trotman (Game Winning Goal)
(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)
Thanks for tuning in to our Gameday Blog... We'll see you Saturday in Minnesota.
|LEFT WING||CENTER||RIGHT WING|
|Justin Abdelkader||Henrik Zetterberg||Gustav Nyquist|
|Tomas Tatar||Riley Sheahan||Darren Helm|
|Daniel Cleary||Stephen Weiss||Teemu Pulkkinen|
|Drew Miller||Joakim Andersson||Luke Glendening|
|LEFT DEFENSE||RIGHT DEFENSE|
|Jonathan Ericsson||Niklas Kronwall|
|Kyle Quincey||Danny DeKeyser|
|Brendan Smith||Marek Zidlicky|