Gameday preview: Wild at Detroit

  • Updated: March 22, 2014 - 7:54 PM

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6:30 P.M. at DETROIT • NBCSN, 100.3-FM

Preview: The Wild is 2-3-4 in its past nine games. The Red Wings have won four of five overall and are 8-0-2 at home since Jan. 20. The Wild is 3-3 in its past six in Detroit after winning only once in regulation in a stretch of 13 games there.

Players to watch: Wild C Mikko Koivu scored his first goal since Dec. 27 on Saturday, snapping a 13-game drought. LW Zach Parise has no goals in the past five games. D Ryan Suter has 32 assists, tied for the team lead. Since Jan. 20, Red Wings F Gustav Nyquist leads the NHL with 16 goals.

Numbers: The Wild is 4-3-1 against Detroit over the past two seasons … The Wild is 4-4-2 in the second half of back-to-backs and 14-11-4 against the East. … The Red Wings rank second in the NHL with 341 man games lost to injury.

Injuries: Wild F Jason Zucker (quad) and D Keith Ballard (groin) are out. Red Wings C Stephen Weiss (sports hernia), LW Henrik Zetterberg (back), C Pavel Datsyuk (knee), F Dan Cleary (knee), RW Tomas Jurco (ribs), F Justin Abdelkader (leg), F Joakim Andersson (foot) and D Jonathan Ericsson (finger) are out.

MICHAEL RUSSO

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