There is little optimism for tonight's game with the way this team has played recently, but were Red Wings fans. We know that a few bumps in the road don't spell an end to the season, and so far things have gone ok all things considered.
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Mursak is apparently healthy... And we all know what that means right?
One more player who doesn't improve this lineup is ready to get put in the lineup, or sit. Whatever.
Tootoo will make his return to Nashville, and I hope he kicks some ass. There has to be someone on that team that he didn't like.
The power play is getting shifted a bit. It may help, but who really knows. I like that Brunner is going to play down low, but I'm not to sure that Sammy will be an improvement on the point. Tatar gets to be the net front guy on the 2nd unit which has the ability to blow up in his face because hes too small to fight off Weber or block Rinne's line of sight, but the kid deserves a shot, he works hard and could surprise us all.
The one move that I think we can all get behind is Tatar playing in the top 6. It splits Datsyuk and Zetterberg up, which gives us a more balanced top 6, and lets us know that Datsyuk's shoulder must feel well enough to take faceoffs.
Make sure your liquor cabinet is fully stocked, and get ready for some sort of effort.
DETROIT VS NASHVILLE
Tonight's game is the 82nd all-time meeting between DET and NSH
DET's all-time record vs NSH: 46-24-4-7
DET's all-time road record at NSH: 19-17-2-2
Last head-to-head game: NSH 4, DET 1 on 3/30/12 at Joe Louis Arena
DET is 4-6-0 in its last 10 regular season games vs NSH
DET is 2-3-0 in its last 5 regular season road games at NSH
DET's 2011-12 record vs NSH: 3-3-0 (1-2-0 on road)
DET is 3-2-2 vs Central Division opponents this season (13-10-1 vs Central Division in 2011-12)
DET's Power Play was 3-14 (21.4%) vs NSH last season (2-8, 25% on the road)
DET's Penalty Kill was 14-17 (82.4%) vs NSH last season (7-10, 70% on the road)
H. Zetterberg had 6 points (2-4-6) in 6 GP vs NSH last season
P. Datsyuk had 5 points (2-3-5) in 5 GP vs NSH last season
V. Filpula had 5 points (4-1-5) in 6 GP vs NSH last season
J. Howard was 2-2-0 with a 2.27 GAA and .908 SV% in 4 GP vs NSH last season
P. Datsyuk has 59 points (18-41-59) in 57 career games played vs NSH
H. Zetterberg has 42 points (16-26-42) in 52 career games played vs NSH
D. Miller has recorded 10 career points (6-4-10) vs NSH, his most vs any NHL opponent
J. Howard is 6-5-1 with a 2.42 GAA, .916 SV% and one shutout in 13 career games played vs NSH
RED WINGS TEAM AND PLAYER NOTES
All 10 of DET's PP goals this season have come at home (10-46, 21.7% at home; 0-26, 0% on the road)
DET has failed to convert on the PP over its first six road games of 2012-13, the longest stretch in team history from the start of a season since 1938-39 when the Red Wings didn't score until their ninth road game of the year
H. Zetterberg (0-2-2) recorded his 6th multi-point game of the season on 2/17 at MIN and the 156th of his career
P. Datsyuk (1-1-2) recorded his 6th multi-point game of the season on 2/17 at MIN and the 206th of his career
T. Tatar has 3 points (2-1-3) over the last 3 games
T. Tatar recorded his 1st career multi-point game on 2/15 vs ANA
J. Kindl has 2 points (0-2-2) over his last 2 games played
J. Tootoo played his 500th career NHL game on 2/15 vs ANA
H. Zetterberg has recorded at least one point in 11 of 15 games this season
H. Zetterberg has 20 points (5-15-20) over the last 15 games
P. Datsyuk has 16 points (7-9-16) over his last 13 games played
N. Kronwall has 10 points (1-9-10) over the last 14 games
D. Brunner has 11 points (7-4-11) over the last 13 games
J. Franzen had 8 points (3-5-8) over his last 9 games played prior to his injury
DET is 80-4-4 the last 88 times its scored 4+ goals in a game
J. Howard recorded his 116th career win on 2/10 vs LA and moved past Greg Stefan into 6th place in team history
P. Datsyuk recorded his 729th and 730th career points on 2/9 vs EDM and moved past Ted Lindsay into 7th place in team history