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Detroit hopes to end five-game winless streak; Minnesota center Koivu back from illness

by Jessi Pierce / Independent Correspondent

RED WINGS (12-34-4) at WILD (22-21-6)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN


The Game

The Detroit Red Wings will try to end a five-game winless streak when they visit the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday.

Detroit is 0-4-1 and has been outscored 25-8 in its current skid. The Red Wings are 3-12-1 in their past 16 games and 5-22-3 in their past 30. 

Center Mikko Koivu returns for the Wild after missing two games with an illness. Minnesota is 3-6-1 in its past 10 games after going 10-4-1 in its previous 15. 


Players to watch

Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games. 

Wild forward Zach Parise, who leads Minnesota with 19 goals, has scored five in a four-game goal streak.


They said it 

"[Minnesota's] got a good D-corps. … So it's a real hard team to create a ton against. They've got a real big team up front. Certainly, with Koivu back, it's a big strong group that grind you down low as well." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

"I think when teams [like Detroit] are at a [desperate] point, they're always dangerous. I think coming into the game, at the start of the game will be very important. As a team we need to be patient. I know we haven't lost five in a row but we're in the same boat. We can't afford to take any nights off. We need two points desperately." -- Wild center Mikko Koivu 


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Filip Zadina

Brendan Perlini -- Valtteri Filppula -- Robby Fabbri

Darren Helm -- Luke Glendening -- Adam Erne

Givani Smith -- Christoffer Ehn -- Justin Abdelkader

Patrik Nemeth -- Filip Hronek

Trevor Daley -- Madison Bowey

Dennis Cholowski -- Alex Biega

Jimmy Howard

Calvin Pickard

Scratched: None

Injured: Frans Nielsen (upper body), Mike Green (finger) Andreas Athanasiou (lower body), Jonathan Bernier (lower body), Jonathan Ericsson (face), Danny DeKeyser (back), Anthony Mantha (upper body)


Wild projected lineup

Zach Parise -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello

Jason Zucker -- Victor Rask -- Kevin Fiala

Marcus Foligno -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin

Jordan Greenway -- Mikko Koivu -- Ryan Hartman

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Carson Soucy -- Greg Pateryn

Devan Dubnyk

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Nick Seeler, Ryan Donato

Injured: Brad Hunt (illness)

Status report

Cholowski was recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. … Green, a defenseman, is expected to miss a couple of weeks, Blashill said Tuesday. … Nielsen, a forward, could return after the NHL-mandated five-day break.


Stat pack

Howard is 0-13-2 with a 4.61 goals-against average and .868 save percentage in his past 15 games. … Koivu is two assists from 500 in the NHL. …The Wild have scored a power-play goal in four straight games and have 10 in their past nine.

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