RED WINGS (25-26-10) VS. FLAMES (34-26-4)
BROADCAST: 7:00 p.m. MT; Sportsnet West (TV), Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio)
SEASON SERIES: Friday's match-up is the second and final game between the Flames and Red Wings this year. The Flames came away with a 3-2 victory when they made their final stop at Joe Louis Arena on Nov. 20. Garnet Hathaway, Matt Stajan and Mikael Backlund scored, Dougie Hamilton had three assists and Chad Johnson was credited with 21 saves in the win.
RED WINGS' TEAM SCOPE: Detroit was a seller ahead of the 2016-17 NHL Trade Deadline, parting ways with four players while gathering prospects and draft picks. Thomas Vanek was sent to the Florida Panthers, Tomas Jurco was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks, Brendan Smith is now a New York Ranger, and Steve Ott was traded to Montreal. General manager Ken Holland acknowledged it would be difficult for the Red Wings to make the playoffs with how their season as gone. "My take is if we miss this year, we got to make some moves this summer, we don't want to miss two years in a row," Holland told DetroitRedWings.com. "I think that if we can make some tweaks to our team and get back at it in September that we can get back in the hunt next year and compete for a playoff spot." Henrik Zetterberg leads Detroit with 14 goals and 48 points. Goaltender Petr Mrazek holds a 15-16-6 record with a 2.95 GAA and a .903 save percentage.
FLAMES' TEAM SCOPE: The Flames made one move on Wednesday, acquiring forward Curtis Lazar and defenceman Mike Kostka from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a second round pick and blueliner Jyrki Jokipakka. Kostka was assigned to the Stockton Heat and Lazar joined the Flames in Calgary on Thursday. Lazar is not expected to play on Friday. The Flames head into March on a high, going 6-0-1 in their final seven skates in February. They hold the first Wildcard spot in the West with 72 points on the year and trail the Anaheim Ducks, who are third in the Pacific Division, by just two points. Backlund leads the team in scoring with 19 goals and 45 points on the year.