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Detroit in search of season-high third straight win; Andersson set for season debut with Calgary

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

RED WINGS (8-7-1) at FLAMES (8-7-0)

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


The Game

Goaltender Petr Mrazek will start for the Detroit Red Wings, who look for a season-high third straight win when they visit the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday.

Mrazek is 2-2-1 with a 2.55 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in five games this season, including a 36-save shutout in a 4-0 win at the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.

The Red Wings have won four of their past five games following a six-game losing streak (0-5-1).

Defenseman Rasmus Andersson will make his season debut for the Flames, who are 3-1-0 in their past four games. Andersson, 21, has played one NHL game in his career, a 3-1 loss at the San Jose Sharks on April 8 last season. He has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 10 games with Stockton of the American Hockey League this season.


Players to watch

Red Wings defenseman Mike Green is tied for second on the team with 13 points (one goal, 12 assists). 

Flames forward Micheal Ferland has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past two games, and four goals and two assists in his past seven games.


They said it

"As long as you're getting better every day, that's the key in this league. By the time January, February comes, teams are rolling. We just have to make sure to continue to do what we're doing and keep getting better." -- Red Wings defenseman Mike Green

"Last year was kind of the last game of the year and they rested a lot of players and we rested a lot of players. This feels like it's more of my real first game. It's on home ice too, so I'm really excited about that." -- Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson


Red Wings projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Anthony Mantha

Tomas Tatar -- Dylan Larkin -- Justin Abdelkader

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Luke Glendening

Scott Wilson -- Andreas Athanasiou -- Martin Frk

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green

Xavier Ouellet -- Nick Jensen

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Luke Witkowski, David Booth

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (ankle)


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Sam Bennett -- Mark Jankowski -- Jaromir Jagr

Kris Versteeg -- Curtis Lazar -- Troy Brouwer

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Michael Stone

Brett Kulak -- Rasmus Andersson

Mike Smith

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Matt Stajan, Freddie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski

Injured: Travis Hamonic (lower body)


Status report

The Flames held an optional skate. … Hamonic skated on his own and will miss his third game. ... Wilson (lower body) will be a game-time decision.


Stat pack

Abdelkader has three assists in his past two games. Helm has four points (two goals, two assist) in his past four games. Mantha has three goals and five points in his past five games. … Monahan (three goals, three assists) and Gaudreau (two goals, five assists) each has a five-game point streak.

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