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Preview: Red Wings at Flames

Calgary goes for sixth straight win; Mitch Callahan to play second NHL game for Detroit

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

RED WINGS (25-26-10) at FLAMES (34-26-4)

9 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-D, NHL.TV

 

Red Wings team scope

Forward Mitch Callahan, 25, will play his second NHL game, and first since March 25, 2014, with the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. Callahan, selected by the Red Wings in the sixth round (No. 180) of the 2009 NHL Draft, was recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. "I have to show I can play here," he said. "It's a test for me to see if I can play in this League or not. I'm looking at the game as a test and hoping to prove a lot of people wrong." Callahan has 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) in 53 AHL games this season. "He's been a real good hockey player in the [AHL] for a number of years," coach Jeff Blashill said. "He's a little bit undersized (6-foot, 190 pounds). He's not a fast skater. That's the one thing that's held him back from getting as many opportunities as he'd like. But I can tell you he's found a way to do it at that level and be an elite player at that level." The Red Wings are 16th in the Eastern Conference but are 3-1-0 in their past four games. "I think it's our attention to detail," defenseman Mike Green said. "We're dialed in in that sense. Not only that, we're finding a way to score a few more goals."

 

Flames team scope

The Calgary Flames are seeking their sixth straight win to match their longest streak of the season, set from Nov. 30-Dec. 10. The Flames, who hold the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference, are two points back of the Anaheim Ducks for third place in the Pacific Division. "We have a lot of energy," captain Mark Giordano said. "You can feel it. We have to learn to stay even-keel as much as we can through this last stretch. There's going to be ups and downs. Right now we're on an up. We want to keep going as long as we can." They are 10-2-1 in their past 13 games. "Our belief has changed a lot," center Sean Monahan said. "At the start of the year we'd be winning games and teams would come back and beat us in the third. Right now we're playing a complete 60 [minutes] and the belief in the room is huge." Goaltender Brian Elliott will start for the seventh time in the past eight games. He is 8-1-1 with a 2.20 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in his past 11 games. "He's been one of if not our best player over the last couple of weeks," Giordano said. "He's been a big part of our streak. If you can get goaltending like that in this League it goes a long way."

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Anthony Mantha

Andreas Athanasiou -- Frans Nielsen -- Riley Sheahan

Justin Abdelkader -- Darren Helm -- Dylan Larkin

Drew Miller -- Luke Glendening -- Mitch Callahan

Danny DeKeyser -- Xavier Ouellet

Mike Green -- Niklas Kronwall

Nick Jensen -- Ryan Sproul

Petr Mrazek

Jared Coreau

Scratched: None

Injured: Jimmy Howard (knee), Jonathan Ericsson (wrist)

Suspended: Gustav Nyquist

 

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Kris Versteeg -- Sam Bennett -- Troy Brouwer

Lance Bouma -- Matt Stajan -- Alex Chiasson

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Michael Stone

Matt Bartkowski -- Deryk Engelland

Brian Elliott

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Curtis Lazar, Freddie Hamilton, Dennis Wideman

Injured: None

 

Status report 

Howard, who last played on Dec. 20, has resumed practicing with the Red Wings and is expected to play in Grand Rapids on a conditioning stint Saturday. … Lazar was acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday but will not play.

 

Who's hot 

Zetterberg has one goal and six assists during a four-game point streak, and 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in his past 12 games. Mrazek has a 2.39 goals against average and .923 save percentage in his past 10 games. …Tkachuk has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his past 10 games. Gaudreau has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past five games.

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