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Preview: Hurricanes at Red Wings

Detroit forward Gustav Nyquist looks to stay hot; Carolina looks for spark from forwards Andrej Nestrasil, Martin Frk against former teammates

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

HURRICANES (1-2-2) at RED WINGS (4-2-0)

7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, FS-CR, NHL.TV

 

Hurricanes Team Scope 

Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters will juggle his lines and defense pairs against the Detroit Red Wings. Center Jeff Skinner will miss the game with an undisclosed injury, so left wing Viktor Stalberg will move to Victor Rask's line with right wing Lee Stempniak, and former Red Wings Andrej Nestrasil and Martin Frk are set to play on the fourth line, flanking center Jay McClement. "Those two [Nestrasil and Frk] need some traction for their seasons, so I expect them to have some jump," Peters said. "If they get an extra boost from playing Detroit, that's great. I'm sure I'll be moving guys around all night." Peters, a former Red Wings assistant coach, had the Hurricanes pose for a photo on the Joe Louis Arena ice during the morning skate. This is Carolina's last visit to Detroit before Little Caesars Arena opens next season. "There's a lot of history in this building, and I want these guys to remember they played here," he said. "There aren't many places like this left."

 

Red Wings Team Scope  

Forward Gustav Nyquist has scored three goals in Detroit's past two games. After not scoring in the first four games of the season, he said it was a relief to score on a wrist shot against Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne during the Red Wings' 5-3 win on Friday. "As a goal-scorer, you know there are always going to be slumps, and you have to fight through them," he said. "It's a great feeling when one goes in, and you immediately get your confidence back." The Red Wings have allowed five goals in their four-game winning streak, and haven't given up an even-strength goal in eight periods. Defenseman Brendan Smith thinks the credit goes beyond the blue line. "We're playing great team defense right now," he said. "Some of that is us, but the forwards are also doing a great job, and both Howie [Jimmy Howard] and [Petr] Mrazek have been great in net. This is happening because of the whole team."

 

Hurricanes Projected Lineup

Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Joakim Nordstrom

Viktor Stalberg -- Victor Rask -- Lee Stempniak

Phillip Di Giuseppe -- Elias Lindholm -- Teuvo Teravainen

Andrej Nestrasil -- Jay McClement -- Martin Frk

Jaccob Slavin -- Justin Faulk

Ron Hainsey -- Brett Pesce

Jakub Nakladal -- Noah Hanifin

Cam Ward

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Bryan Bickell, Klas Dahlbeck

Injured: Ryan Murphy (lower body), Jeff Skinner (undisclosed)

 

Red Wings Projected Lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Frans Nielsen -- Dylan Larkin

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Riley Sheahan

Thomas Vanek -- Darren Helm -- Andreas Athanasiou

Drew Miller -- Luke Glendening -- Steve Ott

Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson -- Alexey Marchenko

Brendan Smith -- Ryan Sproul

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Xavier Ouellet

Injured: Niklas Kronwall (knee), Tomas Jurco (back), Justin Abdelkader (lower body)

 

Status Report

Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader took part in the morning skate, but will miss his second straight game with a lower-body injury. Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said he expects Abdelkader to return Thursday against the St. Louis Blues. … Rookie Red Wings defenseman Ryan Sproul will play his third straight game in place of Xavier Ouellet. … Skinner remains day to day with an undisclosed injury sustained Saturday in a 6-3 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers.

 

Who's Hot

Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek has three goals and four assists in six games. … Darren Helm leads Detroit with four goals. … Rask has points in all five games.

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