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Detroit can win two in row; Klingberg out for Dallas with injury

by Josh Clark / Independent Correspondent

RED WINGS (10-28-3) at STARS (23-14-4)

8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, FS-D, ESPN+, NHL.TV


The Game

John Klingberg will not be in the lineup for the Dallas Stars when they host the Detroit Red Wings at American Airlines Center on Friday.

The defenseman is day to day with a lower-body injury sustained in a 4-2 win at the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Wednesday.

Forward Joel Kiviranta is expected to make his NHL debut for the Stars, who have won three in a row after going 2-3-1 in their previous six games.

The Red Wings will look to win two games in a row for the fourth time this season after a defeating the San Jose Sharks 2-0 on Tuesday. They are 1-6-0 in their past seven games and 3-16-2 in their past 21.


Players to watch

Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi has four goals in his past six games.

Stars forward Alexander Radulov has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in a personal nine-game point streak, including the game-winning goal in the Winter Classic on Wednesday.


They said it

"We just have to keep building our game. When we didn't win in Florida (5-4 loss) or Tampa (2-1 loss), our focus was on how we can keep getting better and not on the result. Having won against San Jose, it can't be about the result; it has to be about how we can keep getting better." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

"We're giving him a home game. It's been a while. He deserves it, man. That guy has competed and played his heart out for us. He deserves a home start for sure, so he's getting it." -- Stars coach Rick Bowness on goalie Anton Khudobin starting at home for the first time since Nov. 23


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Betuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Robby Fabbri

Givani Smith -- Valtteri Filppula -- Filip Zadina

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Luke Glendening

Adam Erne -- Christoffer Ehn -- Justin Abdelkader

Patrik Nemeth -- Mike Green

Trevor Daley -- Filip Hronek

Brian Lashoff -- Madison Bowey

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Alex Biega, Brendan Perlini

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (back), Anthony Mantha (upper body), Jonathan Ericsson (face), Andreas Athanasiou (lower body)


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Denis Gurianov -- Roope Hintz -- Joe Pavelski

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Mattias Janmark -- Jason Dickinson -- Joel Kiviranta

Esa Lindell -- Taylor Fedun

Jamie Oleksiak -- Miro Heiskanen

Andrej Sekera -- Roman Polak

Anton Khudobin

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Justin Dowling

Injured: John Klingberg (lower body), Stephen Johns (post-traumatic headaches)

Suspended: Corey Perry


Status report

Perry will serve the first game of a five-game suspension for elbowing Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis on Wednesday. ... Kiviranta, who was recalled from Texas of the American Hockey League on Thursday, is expected to skate on the fourth line with Mattias Janmark and Jason Dickinson.


Stat pack

The Red Wings have the highest goals-against average (3.80) in the NHL. … Detroit won 4-3 against Dallas on Oct. 6. … The Stars have a five-game point streak (3-0-2) against the Red Wings at American Airlines Center. … Khudobin is 6-2-0 with a 2.17 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in his past nine starts.

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