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Wings Head to Big Apple with Wild Card Spot on the Line

Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 11:00 AM ET
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(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)


The Red Wings wrap up a five-game road trip on which they've gone 2-2-0.

Dealing with a young roster and numerous injuries, Detroit continues to alter its lineup as the season goes on. Days after recent call-up Riley Sheahan scored his first NHL goal against the Los Angeles Kings, the Red Wings called up right wing Tomas Jurco on Tuesday from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

The second-round pick (No. 35) is another young player the Red Wings have turned to, along with Luke Glendening,Danny DeKeyser, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar. That reliance on youth has been due mostly to key injuries to veterans. Neither Pavel Datsyuk nor Daniel Alfredsson skated Wednesday and appear out for Thursday, as are forwards Johan Franzen and Darren Helm. Goaltender Jimmy Howard is likely to be back in net after sustaining a hip injury against the Kings and sitting out a game.

"More so than anything the muscle itself just felt really fatigued, felt it needed a bit of a break," Howard said Wednesday. "Better to take one night off than to go out there and cause further harm and be out 2-3 weeks."

Tonight, Jimmy Howard will look to steal one in New York and get the Wings back in a playoff spot.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89