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Gameday preview: Wild at Detroit

  • March 20, 2013 - 1:26 AM

Wild gameday

6:30 P.M. At detroit • JOE LOUIS ARENA • NBCSN, 100.3-FM

Preview: The Wild stopped an 11-game winless streak in Vancouver on Monday. Now it heads to the Joe, which has offered similar problems. The Wild is 6-16-1 there, having lost 10 of its past 13. But the Wild has won three in a row and five of six. The Red Wings have won two in a row since a three-game winless streak. A Wild victory, and it would be .500 on the road at 7-7-1.

Players to watch: The Wild didn’t practice Tuesday, so it’s unknown whether G Niklas Backstrom, 11-3-1 in his past 15 with a 2.12 goals-against average, will start or rest as Matt Hackett makes his season debut. RW Devin Setoguchi has nine goals and 16 points in the past 18 games. C Matt Cullen is one goal from becoming the 37th American and ninth Minnesotan to score 200 goals. Red Wings G Jimmy Howard is 9-2-2 vs. the Wild with a 1.96 goals-against average. LW Henrik Zetterberg has 34 points in 35 games against the Wild, C Pavel Datsyuk has 28 points in 38 games.

Numbers: In Detroit, the Wild has been outscored 90-50 and outshot 852-500 in 23 games. … Its special teams have struggled there, too. The Wild has scored seven power-play goals on 87 chances (8 percent) and allowed 18 on Detroit’s 94 chances (19.1).

Injuries: Wild D Tom Gilbert and LW Mike Rupp (both lower body) are day-to-day. G Josh Harding (symptoms related to multiple sclerosis) is out. Red Wings D Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder), F Darren Helm (back), LW Todd Bertuzzi (back), RW Mikael Samuelsson (finger) and D Kyle Quincey (cheek) are out. F Patrick Eaves (jaw) is day-to-day.

MICHAEL RUSSO

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