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Detroit Red Wings at Florida Panthers: Game Preview

February 6th, 2014 at 3:50 PM
By Frank Vajcner

The Red Wings will have a two game trip to Florida before the Olympic break.

Tonight, they take their talents to South Beach to face the Panthers for the final time this season.

What: Red Wings at Panthers

When: 7:30 p.m. Tonight

Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Records: The Red Wings are 25-19-12; the Panthers are 22-27-7

Season Series: Panthers lead 3-1-0. All four meetings have been decided by one goal.

Last Meeting: The Panthers prevailed in a shootout 5-4.

Projected Lineups:

Red Wings:

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist – Henrik Zetterberg – Justin Abdelkader

Darren Helm – Pavel Datsyuk – Daniel Alfredsson

Tomas Jurco – Riley Sheahan – Tomas Tatar

Drew Miller – Luke Glendening – Joakim Andersson

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey – Danny DeKeyser

Brendan Smith – Brian Lashoff

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

Jonas Gustavsson

Panthers;

Forward

Jonathan Huberdeau

Nick Bjugstad

Scottie Upshall

Sean Bergenheim

Aleksander Barkov

Brad Boyes

Tomas Fleischmann

Marcel Goc

Tomas Kopecky

Shawn Matthias

Scott Gomez

Jesse Winchester

 

 

Defense

Brian Campbell

Tom Gilbert

Erik Gudbranson

Dylan Olsen

Dmitry Kulikov

Mike Weaver

 

 

Goalie

Tim Thomas

Scott Clemmensen

 
Red Wings Notes: Pavel Datsyuk will return to the lineup for the first time in almost a month…Jakub Kindl (undisclosed) will be out until after the Olympics, in addition to Stephen Weiss (hernia), who is expected back after the break…Johan Franzen (concussion) is out indefinitely and will also miss the Olympics…Gustav Nyquist has 13 points in his last nine games, which has resulted in him taking Franzen's spot on Team Sweden…Justin Abdelkader has three goals in his last two games…Jimmy Howard will get the start in net
 
Did you know that…Niklas Kronwall is second on the team in scoring with 34 points. This also puts him tied for tenth in scoring among defensemen with Brent Seabrook and James Wisniewski.
 
Panthers Notes: Brad Boyes leads the team in scoring with 26 points and in goals with 15…Flint, Michigan native Tim Thomas has been a pain for the Red Wings this season.
 
Prediction: The Panthers have been what the Columbus Blue Jackets were to the Red Wings last season. It's time for the Wings to give the kitties the Bob Barker treatment and put them in their place.
 
Make It: Red Wings 4, Panthers 2

Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Gustav Nyquist, Hockey, Jimmy Howard, NHL, Pavel Datsyuk

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