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Preview: Red Wings at Hurricanes

Carolina trying to climb closer to wild-card spot; Daniel Renouf to make NHL debut for Detroit

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

RED WINGS (30-32-12) at HURRICANES (33-27-13)

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


Red Wings team scope

Defenseman Daniel Renouf, 22, will make his NHL debut for the Detroit Red Wings, who have points in five of their past six games (4-1-1) after a 3-2 overtime victory against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. Renouf will take the place of defenseman Niklas Kronwall. "He [Kronwall] has got a knee issue that we've got to be cognizant of, so he won't play today," coach Jeff Blashill said. "We hope to have him the next day, but we'll make that determination [Tuesday]." Renouf, an undrafted free agent who signed with the Red Wings on March 10, 2016, scored 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 58 games with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. "I think I started out a little slow and that helped me deal with adversity," Renouf said. "I have just been growing my game. I think I've taken in a lot for my first season and I'm happy with it so far." Blashill said he likely will juggle his defensive pairings during the game, with Renouf starting alongside Robbie Russo, who has played 11 NHL games. Forward Darren Helm, who has missed the past four games because of a leg injury, is a game-time decision. The game Monday is a makeup for the Dec. 19 game in Raleigh that was postponed because of ice issues. The teams will play again in Raleigh on Tuesday.


Hurricanes team scope

The Carolina Hurricanes have points in 10 straight games (7-0-3) and are five points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. "We're getting some questions answered as we move along," coach Bill Peters said. "We're down to nine games left. We begin a new five-game segment today with four of them at home, so we have to take advantage of that." Forward Jeff Skinner has played a big role in the resurgence with seven goals in his past five games to reach the 30-goal plateau for the third time in seven NHL seasons. "This time of the year to go on a run, you have to have contributions from everyone," Skinner said. "We've gotten that. You have to have a combination of a lot of things, and right now we're checking off a lot of those boxes." Lucas Wallmark was recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League and will center the fourth line.


Red Wings projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Andreas Athanasiou -- Dylan Larkin -- Justin Abdelkader

Anthony Mantha -- Frans Nielsen -- Darren Helm

Drew Miller -- Luke Glendening -- Riley Sheahan

Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen

Mike Green -- Xavier Ouellet

Robbie Russo -- Daniel Renouf

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Tomas Nosek

Injured: Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), Ryan Sproul (knee), Niklas Kronwall (knee)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Sebastian Aho -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm

Jeff Skinner -- Derek Ryan -- Lee Stempniak

Phillip Di Giuseppe -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Joakim Nordstrom -- Lucas Wallmark -- Brock McGinn

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Noah Hanifin -- Justin Faulk

Klas Dahlbeck -- Ryan Murphy

Eddie Lack

Cam Ward

Scratched: Matt Tennyson

Injured: Jay McClement (lower body)


Status report

Blashill said he plans to play Zetterberg in both games against the Hurricanes. If Zetterberg plays all of the Red Wings' final eight games, he'll play his 1,000th NHL game in the final game of the season against the New Jersey Devils, the last game at Joe Louis Arena, on April 9. … McClement skated in a yellow no-contact jersey before the morning skate. The Hurricanes re-assigned forwards Patrick Brown and Valentin Zykov to Charlotte.


Who's hot

Tatar has seven goals in his past nine games. Zetterberg has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past six games. ... Lindholm has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) during a 10-game point streak. Aho has eight points (three goals, five assists) in a six-game point streak.

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