Originally written on Nightmare on Helm Street  |  Last updated 10/1/14

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Florida Panthers on November 20, 2008 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Guess who is ready to play some serious hockey... That's right Johan Franzen is. Once the flowers start to bud in good ole Hockeytown the Mule comes out of hibernation, gets angry, then hungry. Franzen seems to be gearing up for his favorite part of the year and with two games remaining.

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Tonight we face the Devils for the first time this season where we will get a first hand look at this summers biggest name Zach Parise. Detroit has been rumored to be interested in Parise for some time an may make a huge pitch this summer to obtain him.

All that aside the Devils are playing much better than last January when the Wings beat them 3-1. Ilya Kovalchuk has regained his offensive flair, and Martin Brodeur is back to his old ways. These teams are evenly matched with solid defense, a powerful offense, and all-star caliber goaltending. Lets see if Detroit still has something left in the tank after last nights nail biting win.

Babs juggled the lines last night in the third and one would assume that he will continue this trend over the next two games to find his best fit. Kindl will be scratched tonight in favor of Quincey who returns after serving his one game suspension. The 6th D spot is still up for grabs as well as who will be scratched when Helm returns.

I don't know about you, but I get a little sad when I see the Wings streaking into the zone and realize that nothing will come of it because it's Emmerton. I would love to see him scratched in favor or Nyquist once Helm returns. A Bertuzzi, Helm, Cleary line followed up by a Miller, Abdelkader, Holmstrom line seems to inspire much more confidence.

DETROIT RED WINGS TEAM NOTES
DET is 40-34-11-1 all-time vs NJD
DET is 28-13-2-0 all-time vs NJD on home ice
DET leads the NHL in 5-on-5 goal ratio (1.47)
DET is T-4th in the NHL in wins (48) and 1st in home wins (31)
DET leads the NHL in home ice goals (139) and ranks 3rd in home GA (77)
DET is T-1st in the NHL in fewest PIM/game (8.5)
DET is T-6th in the NHL in goals/game (2.95) and 7th in GA/game (2.45)
DET is 8-5-0 in the 2nd of back-to-back games this season (9-4-1 last season)
DET is 75-4-4 the last 83 times they've scored 4+ goals in a game

DETROIT RED WINGS PLAYER NOTES
J. Howard is T-5th in the NHL in wins (35), 7th in GAA (2.13), T-13th in SV% (.920) and T-5th in SO (6)
N. Kronwall ranks 4th in the NHL in goals by a defenseman (15) and is T-10th in blocked shots (175)
J. Hudler ranks 2nd in the NHL in shooting percentage (20.2%) and is T-13th in even-strength goals (23)
N. Lidstrom and I. White are T-7th in the NHL in plus/minus by a defenseman (+22)
N. Lidstrom is T-8h in the NHL in home ice points by a defenseman (26)
N. Lidstrom's next goal will tie him with K. Nilsson and T. Steen for 7th place in NHL history amongst Swedes (264)
V. Filppula is T-9th in the NHL in home ice points (42) and 1st in home ice plus/minus (+31)
J. Franzen's next GWG will tie him with S. Fedorov for most in a single season by a DET player (11)

LGRW!
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