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Scouting Report: Detroit Red Wings

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

DETROIT, MI -- The Calgary Flames cap off their four-game road trip in Detroit, taking on a Red Wings crew that sits third in the Atlantic Division with 39 points in 32 games this season.

The Red Wings started the month of December on a hot streak, winning four of their first five games, but have struggled of late. Detroit has dropped their last three games and have been outscored 9-6.

They are coming off a 4-3 shootout setback to the Vancouver Canucks which saw Henrik Zetterberg and Jonathan Ericsson suffer injuries that could hold them out of Sunday's game.

Both Zetterberg and Ericsson finished the game against the Canucks but coach Jeff Blashill noted they are questionable against the Flames.

"We hope he's good to go tomorrow but I don't know that for sure," Blashill told DetroitRedWings.com after Zetterberg left Saturday's practice early.

Zetterberg is the team's leading scorer, with six goals and 25 points this year.

Ericsson, who has seven points this year, was absent from Detroit's practice on Saturday.

"He might be out tomorrow," Blashill told DetroitRedWings.com "We'll evaluate it tomorrow. An upper-body injury. Happened late in the third. I didn't know about it until after the game. Right now it's day-to-day but it might change. When I was told this morning, it was day-to-day for now."

Sunday's affair will be the second game between the two teams this year, with Calgary picking up a 3-2 overtime win over Detroit at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Oct. 23. Gustav Nyquist and Brendan Smith scored for the Red Wings while the Flames received goals from Mark Giordano (2) and Joe Colborne.

Record: 16-9-7

2015 vs. the Flames: 0-0-1

All-Time vs. the Flames (since relocating to Calgary): 51-53-11-3-2

Notable Injuries: Johan Frazen (post-concussion symptoms), Kyle Quincey (concussion, ankle), Teemu Pulkkinen (shoulder), Drew Miller (broken jaw).

Who's HOT: Pavel Datsyuk

The 37-year-old was one of the lone bright spots for the Red Wings in their loss to the Canucks, registering one goal, one assist, and being named the second star of the game. The forward has points in three of his last four games and is plus-four in that run.

Honourable Mention: Jimmy Howard

A quick glance at Howard's recent record is deceiving. He's dropped his last three starts but in those games, he has helped push his team to extra time and has made over 30 saves in each of those losses. In his last four starts, Howard's save percentages have been .925, .921, .950, and .963.

Who's NOT: Dylan Larkin

The Red Wings rookie is third in team scoring but has been stifled offensively as of late. He is pointless in his last four games and is a minus-two in that span. In 32 games this year, he has 11 goals and 22 points. Larkin is third in rookie scoring and currently leads the NHL with his plus-18 rating.

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