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At the Rink: Red Wings at Hurricanes

by Kurt Dusterberg

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The surging Detroit Red Wings will look for their third straight win Sunday when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.

Detroit (16-6-5) overcame a two-goal deficit to defeat the New York Rangers 3-2 Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings have won eight of their past 11, scoring 3.6 goals per game during the stretch.

The Hurricanes (8-14-3) are a mirror image of the Red Wings over the past 11 games, having gone 3-8-0. Carolina is coming off a 2-1 home loss against the Washington Capitals on Thursday.

Carolina coach Bill Peters will face his old team for the first time. Peters was an assistant with the Red Wings the past three seasons.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock earned his 500th coaching win on Saturday.

"I got a lot of nice texts from people and emails, and I appreciate that very much," Babcock said. "The reality is [Saturday] night's win was a huge win for us. We're in the day-to-day winning business. Yesterday's over with. We're going to try to win a game today."

As for his Peters, the Red Wings coach had nothing but positive thoughts.

"He's a great man," Babcock said. "He's as honest as the day is long. He's a good people guy. He's going to come here and do things his way based on his personality and he will have success."

Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward will start after missing the game against Washington with a lower-body injury, following a 32-save performance in a 2-1 win against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

Defenseman Andrej Sekera, who suffered an upper-body injury in the final seconds against Nashville and sat out against Washington, is also expected to play.

Goalie Petr Mrazek will make his third start for the Red Wings. Babcock plans to add forward Daniel Cleary and defenseman Brian Lashoff to the lineup, but was undecided which players would come out.

Here are the projected lineups:


Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Johan Franzen

Tomas Tatar - Pavel Datsyuk - Darren Helm

Tomas Jurco - Riley Sheahan - Stephen Weiss

Drew Miller - Luke Glendening - Daniel Cleary

Jonathan Ericsson - Niklas Kronwall

Danny DeKeyser - Kyle Quincey

Brendan Smith - Brian Lashoff

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Joakim Andersson, Jakub Kindl

Injured: Justin Abdelkader (shoulder)


Nathan Gerbe - Eric Staal - Elias Lindholm

Jiri Tlusty - Riley Nash - Alexander Semin

Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Andrej Nestrasil

Zach Boychuk - Jay McClement - Patrick Dwyer

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk

Tim Gleason - John-Michael Liles

Ron Hainsey - Michal Jordan

Cam Ward

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Jay Harrison, Brad Malone, Chris Terry

Injured: Jordan Staal (broken leg) Brett Bellemore (lower body)

Status report: Carolina forward Jordan Staal skated Saturday for the first time since he broke his right lower leg during a preseason game in Buffalo. Staal, who has been walking and training on a stationary bike, likely is a few weeks away from returning to the lineup.

Who's hot: Datsyuk has four goals and two assists in his past four games...Weiss has a goal and five points in his past three games.

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