Detroit went back ahead of the St. Louis Blues for the top spot in the Central Division and second place in the Western Conference when the Blues lost to Vancouver on Thursday -- both teams have 87 points, but the Wings have played one fewer game -- while Minnesota starts the day 12th in the conference, five points behind eight-place Dallas.
The Wild will be without goalie Niklas Backstrom, who injured his leg early in Thursday's loss. Minnesota recalled Matt Hackett from AHL Houston to be the backup against Detroit, while Josh Harding will get the start.
Here is what the lineups for both teams likely will look like when they take the ice at Joe Louis Arena:
There's no discouragement in that room. There's no issues there at all to be honest with you. It's more about, 'Hey, it's opportunities for players.' And if we become that bad of a team because of one player, it's not a real good sign for our hockey club. So this is part of sports. It's part of hockey.
— Bruins coach Claude Julien on the loss of Zdeno Chara to injury