After tweaking his groin in the penultimate preseason game, Stephen Weiss will be in the lineup tonight centering the second line, a group with high expectations.
"I think the sky's the limit for us. To be able to play behind Pav and Z and Abby is going to be huge for us. We got to take advantage of that and make sure we're responsible defensively and supporting them as much as possible." - Stephen Weiss
"Obviously, Mule is the key, the driving force in my opinion. He can be a dominant player. We’ve got to get him going every time, because if he goes every day, it makes it easier for Alfie and Weiss. That’s an important group for us." - Mike Babcock
Daniel Alfredsson will also make his debut tonight as a member of the Red Wings.
"I'm excited to get started tonight...I feel good. I'm ready to go, no question." - Daniel Alfredsson
Despite being placed on waivers this week, Cory Emmerton will center the fourth line tonight alongside Miller and Samuelsson.
"I just want to play hockey. That's the only mindset that I have. Now I have an opportunity to prove that I can be, should be on this team." - Cory Emmerton
Tomas Tatar will be a healthy scratch tonight.
Darren Helm (Back, Groin) skated this morning, but must miss a minimum of 10 games as a player on long-term IR.
Jordin Tootoo (Shoulder) skated, but will not play tonight.
Petr Mrazek has been recalled from Grand Rapids and will back up Jimmy Howard.