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Preview: Red Wings at Hurricanes

Carolina four points out of wild-card spot heading into second half of back-to-back home set against Detroit

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

RED WINGS (31-32-12) at HURRICANES (33-27-14)

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

 

Red Wings team scope

The Detroit Red Wings are 5-1-1 in their past seven games, and will play their third game in three days, and second in as many days at the Carolina Hurricanes. Detroit defeated Carolina 4-3 in overtime Monday in a game rescheduled from Dec. 9 because of ice issues. The game Tuesday is regularly scheduled, creating the back-to back set. The Red Wings recalled center Ben Street from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. Street has 29 games of NHL experience over four seasons with the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche. He could replace Luke Glendening, who left the game Monday with a lower-body injury. Defenseman Daniel Renouf was assigned to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, one day after skating 13:35 in his NHL debut, a sign defenseman Niklas Kronwall (knee) could return after missing the game Monday. Center Henrik Zetterberg is one point from 900 in his NHL career.

 

Hurricanes team scope

The Hurricanes, thanks to a 7-0-4 run, have moved back into contention, four points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. "It's a great point," coach Bill Peters said after the 4-3 overtime loss to the Red Wings on Monday. "To get a point out of that is huge. We need to learn from the way we played [Monday] and be better [Tuesday]." The outcome of the game Monday became secondary when goaltender Eddie Lack was stretchered off the ice after a collision with Detroit forward Andreas Athanasiou on the game-winning goal. Lack was taken to a hospital where tests revealed he had feeling in all his extremities and diagnosed with a neck strain. He later took to social media to assure his followers everything looks alright. "He's stiff and sore, as you can imagine, and he's going to get some more treatment here this evening when he comes back and gets looked at," Peters said. "I think we dodged a bullet there." Carolina recalled goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic from Florida of the ECHL on Tuesday. Defenseman Ryan Murphy left the game Monday with a lower-body injury in the third period and did not return.

 

 
Red Wings projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Andreas Athanasiou -- Dylan Larkin -- Justin Abdelkader

Anthony Mantha -- Frans Nielsen -- Darren Helm

Drew Miller -- Riley Sheahan -- Tomas Nosek

Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen

Mike Green -- Xavier Ouellet

Niklas Kronwall -- Robbie Russo

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Ben Street

Injured: Luke Glendening (lower-body), Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), Ryan Sproul (knee)

 

Hurricanes projected lineup

Sebastian Aho -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm

Jeff Skinner -- Derek Ryan -- Lee Stempniak

Phil Di Giuseppe -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Joakim Nordstrom -- Lukas Wallmark -- Brock McGinn

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Noah Hanifin -- Justin Faulk

Klas Dahlbeck -- Ryan Murphy

Cam Ward

Alex Nedeljkovic

Scratched: Matt Tennyson

Injured: Jay McClement (lower body), Eddie Lack (upper body)

 

Status report

Neither team held a morning skate. ... If Murphy is unable to play, Tennyson likely will enter the lineup.

 

Who's hot

Zetterberg has 22 points (three goals, 19 assists) in his past 18 games. … Nyquist has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in his past 12 games. … Tatar has 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in his past 10 games. … Skinner has 10 points (eight goals, two assists) in a seven-game point streak. … Lindholm has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past 11 games. … Aho has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past seven games.

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