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Gustavsson in net, Alfredsson questionable for Wings

Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 2:35 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Gustavsson in net, Alfredsson questionable for Wings

Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson will make his first appearance in goal since Oct. 23 when he leads the Detroit Red Wings onto the ice Saturday night against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Gustavsson hasn't played since he came on in relief of Jimmy Howard during a 6-1 home loss to the Ottawa Senators, and he hasn't started since Oct. 17, when he completed a run of three in a row while starter Jimmy Howard was injured. Gustavsson won all three games and was voted the NHL's First Star of the Week.

He went on the injured list on Nov. 1 with a neck problem.

"I'm looking forward to it," he told the media after the morning skate, according to Mlive.com. "It's a chance for me to keep working on my game and try to help the team get some wins."

Howard played Friday night in Detroit's 4-3 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals at Joe Louis Arena, a game in which the Red Wings led 3-1 after two periods.

Forward Daniel Alfredsson is likely to be a game-time decision; he was a late scratch Friday after injuring his groin during warm-ups, leaving the Red Wings one skater short. He told the media after the morning skate that he won't know whether he'll be able to play until shortly before game time.

The Red Wings recalled center Luke Glendening from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League as insurance.

Here are the likely line combinations for the Red Wings:

Henrik Zetterberg - Pavel Datsyuk - Todd Bertuzzi

Tomas Tatar - Johan Franzen - Daniel Alfredsson/Luke Glendening

Daniel Cleary - Darren Helm - Mikael Samuelsson

Drew Miller - Joakim Andersson - Justin Abdelkader

Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey - Danny DeKeyser

Brian Lashoff - Jakub Kindl

Jonas Gustavsson

Jimmy Howard

Injured: Brendan Smith (shoulder), Stephen Weiss (groin)

Quote of the Day

If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday