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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 9:15 AM

(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








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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 11:10 PM



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

A look ahead:
Mar. 20 vs. Pittsburgh
Mar. 22 @ Minnesota
Mar. 23 vs. Minnesota

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 11:00 PM

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


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

(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


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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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 5:30 PM



Johan Franzen
Johan Franzen
David Legwand
David Legwand
Daniel Alfredsson
Daniel Alfredsson
Tomas Tatar
Tomas Tatar
Riley Sheahan
Riley Sheahan
Gustav Nyquist
Gustav Nyquist
Drew Miller
Drew Miller
Luke Glendening
Luke Glendening
Landon Ferraro
Landon Ferraro
Brendan Smith
Brendan Smith
Cory Emmerton
Cory Emmerton
Teemu Pulkkinen
Teemu Pulkkinen
Niklas Kronwall
Niklas Kronwall
Jonathan Ericsson
Jonathan Ericsson
 
Kyle Quincey
Kyle Quincey
Danny DeKeyser
Danny DeKeyser
 
Brian Lashoff
Brian Lashoff
Jakub Kindl
Jakub Kindl
 
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
   

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 3:30 PM

Comerica Bank Game Day Preview - Toronto
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 1:00 PM



Brendan Smith
Smith
Brendan Smith will play his first NHL game as a forward tonight.

"I think I can do it for sure...I'm a defensemen,
but right now we need wins."
- Brendan Smith

Brendan Smith
Smith

Brendan Smith
Smith
Smith will likely play alongside Pulkkinen and Emmerton.

Justin Abdelkader will be out for up to two weeks
due to a laceration he suffered on his leg in Chicago.

Justin Abdelkader
Abdelkader

Landon Ferraro
Ferraro
Landon Ferraro may make his NHL debut.
Todd Bertuzzi is questionable with a lower-body injury
and Ferraro will go if Bert can't go.

Daniel Alfredsson skated with David Legwand and Mule this morning.

Daniel Alfredsson
Alfredsson

Darren Helm
Helm
Darren Helm skated, but he won't be back anytime soon.
He had a bit of a setback yesterday.


Jimmy Howard is in the pipes.

Jimmy Howard
Howard

Jordin Tootoo
Tootoo
Detroit is likely going to send Jordin Tootoo back to GR today.

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