Happy Halloween! The Red Wings are back in action in Little Caesars Arena tonight.
The Arizona Coyotes come to town in the final meet-up of the season. They’re just coming their first win of the season against a OT victory in Philadelphia, putting them at a record of 1-10-1.
Clayton Keller currently leads the team in points (13) and goals (8). Niklas Hjalmarsson left the game yesterday and Annti Raanta isn’t 100% yet.
Max Domi – Derek Stepan – Clayton Keller
Brendan Perlini – Christian Dvorak – Anthony Duclair
Zac Rinaldo – Mario Kempe – Tobias Rieder
Jordon Martinook – Brad Richardson – Christian Fischer
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Jason Demers
Alex Goligoski – Luke Schenn
Kevin Connauton – Adam Clendening
Detroit ended a frustrating 6 game losing skid in Florida Saturday with a shootout win of 3-2, thanks to Gustav Nyquist’s game tying goal and shootout victory. Athanasiou netted his first of the season as well.
Tomas Tatar – Henrik Zetterberg – Gustav Nyquist
Andreas Athanasiou – Dylan Larkin – Anthony Mantha
Darren Helm – Frans Nielsen – Justin Abdelkader
Scott Wilson – Luke Glendening – Martin Frk
Jonathan Ericsson – Trevor Daley
Xavier Ouellet – Mike Green
Niklas Kronwall – Nick Jensen
Detroit’s powerplay needs a real boost. Last year’s man advantage was nearly dead, a trend that seems to be continuing. Just at 14%, Detroit finds themselves near the bottom of the league again. Powerplay units of Nyquist, Zetterberg, Abdelkader, Tatar, Kronwall and Athanasiou, Larkin, Mantha, Frk and Green need to be effective.
These two clubs met on October 12, ending with Detroit getting a 4-2 win. A win against a struggling team is critical here, Detroit needs to gather points and wins early in the season to stay relevant in the Atlantic standings.
Play more disciplined and take caution with a team who remembers what winning feels like, who sure to be hungry for more.
Game time is 7:30. Let’s go Red Wings!