Gameday: Wild at Detroit

  • April 2, 2011 - 11:59 PM

Preview: The injury-ravaged Wild attempts to win multiple games against Detroit in the same season for the first time since 2002-03. John Madden scored the overtime winner in a 44-save effort by Jose Theodore in Detroit on Nov. 19. The Wild is 2-7 in its past nine games in Detroit. The Red Wings won in 4-3 overtime at Nashville on Saturday but are 10-12-4 in their past 26 at home.

Players to watch: Wild RW Carson McMillan, a 2007 seventh-round draft pick, will make his NHL debut. D Brent Burns has tallied points in five consecutive games against Detroit. G Jose Theodore will start. He's 3-1 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .936 save percentage in his past three starts against Detroit. Red Wings LW Henrik Zetterberg is seventh in the NHL with 78 points. Nicklas Lidstrom is second among defensemen with 61 points.

Numbers: The Wild power play is 5-for-64 (7.8 percent) all-time at Joe Louis Arena, while the Red Wings are 15-for-78 (19.2 percent) with the man advantage.

Injuries: Wild RW Martin Havlat (undisclosed), D Marek Zidlicky (hamstring), D Nick Schultz (post-concussion syndrome), C John Madden (lower body), D Cam Barker (back), LW Guillaume Latendresse (lower body) and D Marco Scandella (finger) are out. Red Wings C Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) is expected to return. D Niklas Kronwall (shoulder) and G Chris Osgood (sports hernia) are out.


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