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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.6.2014 / 3:00 PM ET



(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)


Justin Abdelkader has been red hot these past two games, scoring a game-tying goal last Sunday in Washington to send it to overtime, and scoring both goals on Monday in a 2-0 win over the Canucks.

He's Detroit's 'Hot Wing' by Buffalo Wild Wings!

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.6.2014 / 2:30 PM ET



Pavel Datsyuk
Datsyuk
Pavel Datsyuk says that he will play tonight after missing the last month with a lower-body injury.


"Better every day. Now I skate with the team and it’s
more fun and more enjoyable and more confidence."

- Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk
Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk
Datsyuk
Pav will skate on a line with Helm and Alfie.

Jakub Kindl will go on short-term IR with a
lower-body injury to create a space for Pav. 

Jakub Kindl
Kindl

Brendan Smith
Smith
Brendan Smith will be back on the blue line after
being a healthy scratch last game.

Jimmy Howard will start in net tonight.

Jimmy Howard
Howard

Patrick Eaves
Eaves
Patrick Eaves is expected to be a healthy scratch.

Jonas Gustavsson said he is feeling better after leaving
last game with dizziness. He's good to back up Howie.

Jonas Gustavsson
Gustavsson


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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.6.2014 / 2:00 PM ET

Skate - Florida can fly, so there is a strong need to keep pace with them.

Get into their Defensive Zone - Cycle the puck well and create scoring opportunities. Also, the Wings have to keep them out of our zone as much as possible. They'll need to be in the offensive zone to have success.

Take Advantage of Special Teams - Florida is last in the NHL on both the PP and the PK, so Detroit has to be aggressive and take calculated chances when they have the man advantage.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.6.2014 / 11:00 AM ET

(DRW Archive)



On February 6, 1971

Only days after proclaiming that Garry Unger was untouchable, general manager Ned Harkness traded the star center, along with Wayne Connelly to the St. Louis Blues for Red Berenson and Tim Ecclestone.


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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.6.2014 / 10:00 AM ET

(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)


Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, who missed the past 14 games with a lower-body injury, traveled with the team to Florida on Wednesday and said via Twitter that he hopes to ber able to play. According to coach Mike Babcock, Datsyuk will decide if he's good to go following the morning skate Thursday.

"Yeah, better every day. It's better and now I skate with the team and it's more fun and more enjoyable and more confidence," Datsyuk said, regarding the injury.

Detroit is 6-6-2 without Datsyuk and a return by its top playmaker could help ward off the Eastern Conference teams gunning for the final wild-card spot for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Red Wings (62 points) hold the tiebreaker over the Philadelphia Flyers (62 points), having played one fewer game.

"We need Pav, he's one of our best players," Ken Holland said yesterday. "He's a dynamic player as well. When he's out there he takes a lot of attention off some other players. I think that's going to be good for the other guys."

Tonight, Pav and the Wings will look to beat Florida in Sunshine in their fifth and final meeting of the season.

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 Monday, 02.3.2014 / 11:45 PM ET








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POSTED ON Monday, 02.3.2014 / 10:45 PM ET



(Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Thanks for tuning in tonight...Our next game's Thursday, February 6, when we head to Florida!

A look ahead:
Feb. 6 @ Florida
Feb. 8 @ Tampa Bay
Feb. 26 @ Montreal

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.3.2014 / 10:35 PM ET

Abdelkader's Game Winner
Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader gets one in off the crossbar against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack to give the Wings the lead in the second period.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.3.2014 / 10:25 PM ET


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

1. Henrik Zetterberg (1 Assist)

2. Eddie Lack (28 Saves)

3. Justin Abdelkader (2 Goals)

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.3.2014 / 10:15 PM ET

(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)



Abby scored the only two goals of the night and Monster and Howie combined to shut out the Canucks, 2-0!

Thanks for tuning in to our Game Day Blog...tune in Thursday when we head to Florida!

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STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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