(Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)
Detroit is 3-1-1 on this road trip, which includes victories at the Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks.
Defenseman Brendan Smith doesn't have a fractured arm, just a bruise, after being slew-footed by San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture. Defenseman Kyle Quincey (bone chips in ankle) is ready to play if Smith cannot go. Backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson will start as the Red Wings look to close out the trip on a high note in the Music City.
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 today's 3:00 PM matchup on Fox Sports Detroit, or listen in with Ken Kal and Paul Woods on 97.1 The Ticket.
Glendening nets superb spin-o-rama goal
Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening pulls out a spin move then fires a backhander past Sharks goalie Antti Niemi to give the Wings a late 3-2 lead.
Tonight's Stars of the Game Powered by Ram Trucks are...
1. Luke Glendening (1 Game Winning Goal)
2. Pavel Datsyuk (1 Goal)
3. Antti Niemi (32 Saves)
(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Sport)
Thanks for tuning into our Game day blog, we'll see you Saturday afternoon in Nashville.
|LEFT WING||CENTER||RIGHT WING|
|Tomas Tatar||Pavel Datsyuk||Darren Helm|
|Gustav Nyquist||Riley Sheahan||Justin Abdelkader|
|Drew Miller||Luke Glendening||Tomas Jurco|
|Stephen Weiss||Joakim Andersson||Teemu Pulkkinen|
|LEFT DEFENSE||RIGHT DEFENSE|
|Jonathan Ericsson||Niklas Kronwall|
|Jakub Kindl||Danny DeKeyser|
|Brendan Smith||Alexey Marchenko|
Detroit Red Wings vs. San Jose Sharks
(Photo by Glenn James/NHL)
Niklas Kronwall has been a beast on the blue line all year for Detroit, and the past few games have been no different. Kronner has netted 4 points in the past three games for Detroit (1 Goal, 3 Assists) which included the game winner in last Saturday's 7-6 overtime win in Dallas. Kronwall leads all Red Wings' defenseman with 35 points.
He's Detroit's 'Hot Wing' by Buffalo Wild Wings!
Need a fast start - San Jose has dropped 6 straight at home. Don't give the Sharks or their crowd any life. Take it to them early.
Power play needs to come alive - Detroit was 0 for 5 vs LA. A couple of pp goals would have been the difference vs the Kings. Make the best of scoring chances while on the pp
Balanced scoring - Pavel Datsyuk has been carrying the load lately. All 4 lines need to contribute offensively.