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Red Wings at Panthers preview

Detroit looks to avoid seventh straight loss; Barkov heating up for Florida

by Alain Poupart / Correspondent

RED WINGS (4-6-1) at PANTHERS (4-5-0)

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


The Game

The Detroit Red Wings will look to end a six-game losing streak when they face the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Saturday.

The Red Wings are 0-5-1 since opening the season 4-1-0. Four of the six losses have been by one goal, including a 3-2 defeat at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

The Panthers are coming off an 8-3 victory against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday in the opener of a five-game homestand. Florida is 2-1-0 in its past three games following a 2-4-0 start.


Players to watch

Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou will be playing in his second game of the season after signing a one-year, $1.3875 million contract on Monday. He had three shots in 11:38 of ice time against Tampa Bay.

Panthers center Aleksander Barkov has seven points (three goals, four assists) in a four-game point streak. He had a goal and two assists against Anaheim.


They said it

"I've played with the lines a lot; I'm done playing with lines. The lines are the lines, the guys on those lines have got to step up and make plays. We've got guys that have been elite in this league, step up and be elite." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

"When your team is scoring a lot of goals, you want to be part of that, too. … I just learned that a bad shot is better than a bad pass, so just try to put pucks to the net and guys are going there, I'm going there and try to score on those second and third chances." -- Panthers center Aleksander Barkov


Red Wings projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Andreas Athanasiou -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Justin Abdelkader

Martin Frk -- Luke Glendening -- Scott Wilson

Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Xavier Ouellet -- Nick Jensen

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: David Booth, Luke Witkowski

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (lower body)

Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Jamie McGinn -- Vincent Trocheck -- Radim Vrbata

Chase Balisy -- Derek MacKenzie -- Nick Bjugstad

Micheal Haley -- Denis Malgin -- Owen Tippett

Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad

Ian McCoshen -- Mark Pysyk

Mike Matheson -- Alex Petrovic

James Reimer

Antti Niemi

Scratched: MacKenzie Weegar

Injured: Colton Sceviour (upper body), Jared McCann (lower body), Connor Brickley (upper body), Roberto Luongo (hand)

Status report

The Red Wings did not hold a morning skate. … DeKeyser, who has missed the past nine games, said after practice Friday he did not anticipate being able to play Saturday. … Balisy will make his NHL debut after being recalled from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Friday. … Luongo did some on-ice work before the Panthers' optional skate. Coach Bob Boughner said he hopes Luongo can return by the middle of next week.


Stat pack

Florida has four players averaging at least one point per game: Trocheck, Huberdeau, Barkov and Dadonov.

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