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POSTED ON Friday, 10.31.2014 / 10:30 AM ET

(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)

The Wings finished strong Wednesday night, netting three goals in the third to put away the Capitals 4-2 and look to win their second in a row tonight against the Los Angeles Kings. Detroit has won six of their past eight regular-season meetings against the Kings dating to 2011-12, and goaltender Jimmy Howard is a big reason why. Howard went 6-2-0 with a 1.88 goals-against average and .941 save percentage. The Red wings will be again without forward Johan Franzen (pulled groin) who has practiced for three straight days. He plans to return Sunday at the Buffalo Sabres. Regardless, Detroit seeks to extend their regular-season dominance over L.A.

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 FSD, or listen in with Ken Kal and Paul Woodson 97.1 The Ticket or AM1270.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.29.2014 / 10:20 PM ET


Abdelkader hammers home a dish from Datsyuk
Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk drops a pass to Justin Abdelkader who blasts a shot from the top of the left circle by Capitals goalie Braden Holtby.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.29.2014 / 10:15 PM ET


Tonight's Stars of the Game Powered by Ram Trucks are...

1. Justin Abdelkader (2 Goals, 1 Assist)

2. Pavel Datsyuk (1 Goal, 1 Assist)

3. Jimmy Howard (25 Saves)

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.29.2014 / 10:05 PM ET

(Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)


Nyquist batted one in early, Abby scored twice, and Pav sealed the deal late to win it in Washington, 4-2!

Thanks for tuning into our Gameday Blog... tune in Friday when we host the Kings!

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.29.2014 / 6:30 PM ET

Johan Franzen Daniel Cleary Brian Lashoff Stephen Weiss
Johan Franzen
(Lower-Body Injury)
Daniel Cleary
(Healthy Scratch)
Brian Lashoff
(Healthy Scratch)
Stephen Weiss
(Healthy Scratch)

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.29.2014 / 5:30 PM ET


LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING
Justin Abdelkader Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist
Tomas Tatar Pavel Datsyuk Darren Helm
Andrej Nestrasil Riley Sheahan Tomas Jurco
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Joakim Andersson

LEFT DEFENSE RIGHT DEFENSE
Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brendan Smith Jakub Kindl

GOALTENDER
Jonas Gustavsson

Detroit Red Wings Depth Chart presented by Flagstar Bank

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.29.2014 / 3:40 PM ET

Buffalo Wild Wings Hot Wings

(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)


Jimmy Howard has come out of the gate red hot this season. In 6 games, Howard has only allowed 12 goals, and boasts a .929 SV% and a 1.95 GAA.

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

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.29.2014 / 2:00 PM ET

Force Ovechkin to play both ways - He's one of the best in the game offensively. He's hard to contain. The key is to make him play in his own end. That's where he has been most vulnerable in the past.

Score on the PP - Detroit is 2 for 30 with the man advantage. They've gone 5 games without a PPG. They have to start finding the back of the net.

Get into the Capitals' defense - Detroit needs to make the Caps' D-Men work in their own zone. Take away their time and space. Force them to turnover the puck and take advantage when they do.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.29.2014 / 1:00 PM ET

(Photo by Detroit Red Wings Archive)



On October 29,

1944: Ted Lindsay makes his NHL debut as the Red Wings defeat Chicago 7-1.

1947: Gordie Howe wears No. 9 for the first time as the Wings play Chicago.
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.29.2014 / 12:00 PM ET

(Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

Coming off a disappointing 4-2 loss in Philadelphia in which the Wings dominated, outshooting the Flyers 37-17, they'll look to bounce back and earn two points against a Capitals team with an identical 4-2-2 record. The Wings will again be without Johan Franzen, who skated briefly on Tuesday for the first time since leaving an Oct. 17 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a groin injury. "I tried a few strikes at 100 percent or close to it. I didn't feel great doing that so I backed off. I'm going to start a little slower," said Franzen, who did deem being back on the ice "a step forward" and said he would skate again Wednesday. Nevertheless, the Wings will push forward and look to bring two points home from the nation's capital.

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 NBCSN, TVA, or SN360, or listen in with Ken Kal and Paul Woods on 97.1 The Ticket or AM1270.

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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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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