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Carolina visits Detroit with chance to gain in wild-card race

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

HURRICANES (37-25-5) at RED WINGS (17-48-5)

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


The Game

The Carolina Hurricanes will try to gain in the race for a wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday.

The Hurricanes are tied with the New York Islanders for the second wild card, two points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets. Carolina has won two straight games after going 1-4-1 in its previous six.

Goalie Petr Mrazek is expected to start for the Hurricanes after missing six games with a head injury.

Detroit has won two in a row after a six-game winless streak (0-5-1).


Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Justin Williams has scored five goals in a four-game point streak.

Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has seven points (two games, five assists) in a four-game point streak.


They said it

"We're hoping Petr comes in and shuts the door on them, but the first thing we need is for him to look comfortable after being off so long. If he can get into a rhythm and make all the saves we expect, that will be big for us. But what he gives us is saves we didn't expect to get." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour on goalie Petr Mrazek

"I was never sure that I would play one game in the NHL, so it is a huge moment for me to be able to say that I've played 500 games and do all of it for this organization. It's been a huge blessing for me." -- Red Wings forward Luke Glendening


Hurricanes projected lineup 

Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Warren Foegele -- Vincent Trocheck -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Jordan Staal -- Justin Williams

Nino Niederreiter -- Morgan Geekie -- Jordan Martinook

Joel Edmundson -- Jaccob Slavin

Jake Gardiner -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Haydn Fleury -- Brady Skjei

Petr Mrazek

Anton Forsberg

Scratched: None

Injured: Dougie Hamilton (leg), Brett Pesce (shoulder), Ryan Dzingel (upper body), Sami Vatanen (lower body), James Reimer (lower body)


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Sam Gagner -- Valtteri Filppula -- Robby Fabbri

Brendan Perlini -- Frans Nielsen -- Dmytro Timashov

Darren Helm -- Luke Glendening

Trevor Daley -- Filip Hronek

Patrik Nemeth -- Alex Biega

Madison Bowey -- Gustav Lindstrom

Jonathan Ericsson

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Dennis Cholowski, Christoffer Ehn

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (back), Filip Zadina (ankle), Adam Erne (hand), Justin Abdelkader (illness)


Status report

Dzingel, a forward, and Reimer, a goalie, each skated Tuesday. … Zadina had been practicing with the Red Wings but the forward missed the morning skate with an unrelated injury.


Stat pack

Geekie is the second player in Whalers/Hurricanes history to have three points in his NHL debut. Dan Bourbonnais did it for Hartford against the Winnipeg Jets on Dec. 30, 1981. … Larkin (53 points) is the 10th Red Wings skater with at least 50 points in three or more consecutive seasons. Steve Yzerman is the Detroit leader with five. Marcel Dionne had four.

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