Wild-Detroit game preview

  • March 1, 2012 - 9:37 PM

Preview: The Red Wings, who lead the league with 42 wins, are an NHL-best 26-3-2 at home this season. If the Wild wins, it would be the only team in the NHL to win at the Joe twice this season. The Wild won 2-1 there Nov. 1 on Devin Setoguchi's OT winner. The Red Wings' NHL-record 23-game home win streak was stopped by Vancouver on Feb. 23.

Players to watch: Wild G Josh Harding is expected to start. He is 2-0-1 against Detroit this season, stopping 110 of 114 shots (.965 save percentage). LW Dany Heatley leads the Wild with 11 points in 16 games vs. Detroit. RW Todd Bertuzzi has 32 points in 48 games vs. the Wild, LW Henrik Zetterberg has 27 points in 32 games and RW Dan Cleary 26 points in 42 meetings.

Numbers: The Wild is 4-2-2 in the second of back-to-backs. ... The Red Wings average 3.05 goals per game (fifth in the NHL).

Injuries: Red Wings D Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle), C Pavel Datsyuk (knee), RW Patrick Eaves (jaw/concussion) and D Jonathan Ericsson (wrist) are out. D Kyle Quincey (groin) may return. Wild C Mikko Koivu (shoulder), D Mike Lundin (hernia), D Clayton Stoner (hip), LW/RW Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion) and LW Guillaume Latendresse (concussion) are out.


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