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Minnesota needs point to take third in Central Division; Detroit has lost past two games

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

RED WINGS (26-28-10) at WILD (36-22-7)

7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV


The Game

The Minnesota Wild will try to move into third place in the Central Division when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday.

Minnesota owns the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference, but the Wild can move past the Dallas Stars into third place in the division with one point against the Red Wings. The Wild are home after losing back-to-back road games in which they were outscored 12-4.

Detroit has lost back-to-back games and is 2-4-1 in its past seven. The Red Wings are seven points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.


Players to watch

Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past 13 games.

Wild forward Eric Staal has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in his past seven games and 18 (11 goals, seven assists) in his past 13.


They said it

"[Minnesota's] got a good record in this building. They're big bodies, they're hard around your net. [Eric] Staal's been a great signing for them, [Mikko] Koivu's one of the best two-way players in the League … they've got a real good d-corps and a real good goalie [Devan Dubnyk], so we know it will be a challenge but for us it's about controlling our own play and if we play our best hockey we'll take on anybody." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

"[Detroit's] got great speed; they've been built on speed for years and that's what they do. I think it's important to get the lead on them and play the way we're capable of playing. It's gonna be a hard-fought game because no game is easy anymore." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

Red Wings projected lineup

Anthony Mantha -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Andreas Athanasiou

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Justin Abdelkader

Martin Frk -- Luke Glendening -- David Booth

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green

Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen

Jimmy Howard

Jared Coreau

Scratched: Luke Witkowski

Injured: None


Wild projected lineup

Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Mikael Granlund

Zach Parise -- Mikko Koivu -- Charlie Coyle

Nino Niederreiter -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin

Daniel Winnik -- Matt Cullen -- Tyler Ennis

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Nick Seeler -- Nate Prosser

Devan Dubnyk

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Gustav Olofsson, Marcus Foligno

Injured: None


Status report

Ericsson returns after missing one game with an illness.


Stat pack

Athanasiou has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past six games. Larkin has one goal in his past 18 games. … Granlund has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past six games. Zucker has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past eight games.

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