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Blues' Parayko game-time decision against Red Wings

by Louie Korac / NHL.com

RED WINGS (10-8-2) at BLUES (13-6-1)

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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues will go through the day Saturday before deciding whether rookie defenseman Colton Parayko will play against the Detroit Red Wings.

Parayko has missed two games with a lower-body injury sustained late in the third period of a victory against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. He took part in the morning skate Saturday and was paired with Carl Gunnarsson, but coach Ken Hitchcock said not to go on what was seen on the ice.

"Hopefully he gets to play tonight," Hitchcock said. "I'm not sure we'll know until the game-time skate. We'll see how he gets through the rest of the day today."

Parayko, who is among the rookie leaders in points with 12, hopes to play.

"It's something I want to make sure I take care of," Parayko said. "I don't want it to keep lingering on through the season. Hopefully come game time I'm a go and should be good."

The Red Wings, who defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Friday, will also look at a game-time decision on rookie right wing Dylan Larkin, who momentarily left the game Friday after hitting a rut in the ice with his right skate and his leg buckled underneath him.

Larkin has scored in three straight games and his seven goals are tied for the Red Wings lead with forward Tomas Tatar. He said the play looked worse than it felt.

"I wasn't that afraid," Larkin said. "I think I just toe-picked. I caught myself. I'll see how it feels at game time, but I plan on playing."

Detroit placed center Landon Ferraro on waivers Saturday. If Ferraro clears, he will be assigned to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

Ferraro, who has played in 10 games but has missed the past seven with a knee injury, was on the ice with the Red Wings during an optional skate Saturday.

"We have more players than numbers and we have to make a decision to try to send somebody potentially through waivers, so we decided on him," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said.

Here are the projected lineups:

RED WINGS

Justin Abdelkader - Henrik Zetterberg - Dylan Larkin

Brad Richards - Pavel Datsyuk - Teemu Pulkkinen

Tomas Tatar - Riley Sheahan - Gustav Nyquist

Drew Miller - Luke Glendening - Darren Helm

Niklas Kronwall - Mike Green

Danny DeKeyser - Jonathan Ericsson

Brendan Smith - Alexey Marchenko

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Injured: Johan Franzen (concussion), Kyle Quincey (ankle)

Scratched: Joakim Andersson, Jakub Kindl

BLUES

Alexander Steen - Jori Lehtera - Vladimir Tarasenko

Magnus Paajarvi - David Backes - Scottie Upshall

Robby Fabbri - Scott Gomez - Troy Brouwer

Steve Ott - Kyle Brodziak - Dmitrij Jaskin

Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo

Joel Edmundson - Kevin Shattenkirk

Carl Gunnarsson - Colton Parayko

Jake Allen

Brian Elliott

Injured: Paul Stastny (foot), Jaden Schwartz (ankle), Patrik Berglund (shoulder), Colton Parayko (lower body)

Scratched: Robert Bortuzzo, Ryan Reaves

Status report: Blashill said if Larkin plays, the Red Wings will make no other lineup changes other than Howard in net. ... If Parayko can't play, Bortuzzo will move into the lineup and play alongside Gunnarsson. … Upshall returns after being a healthy scratch. … The Blues assigned forward Jeremy Welsh to Chicago of the AHL. … Steen will play in his 700th NHL game.

Who's hot: Abdelkader and Green each have four points the past four games. Datsyuk has 75 points in 65 games against the Blues. … Zetterberg has 66 points in 61 games against St. Louis. ... Shattenkirk has a four-game point streak (two goals, three assists). … Tarasenko has seven points (five goals, two assists) the past five games. … Backes has two goals and two assists the past three games.

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