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Domingue to make first start for New Jersey; Detroit 0-2-2 in past five

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

RED WINGS (7-14-3) AT DEVILS (7-10-4)

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


The Game

Louis Domingue will make his first start for the New Jersey Devils when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Prudential Center on Saturday.

Domingue, acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 1 for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, last started a 6-3 win for the Lightning against the Carolina Hurricanes on March 21. He replaced Mackenzie Blackwood 2:30 into the third period and made five saves in his Devils debut, a 4-1 loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.

Detroit is looking for its first win in five games (0-2-2) after a three-game winning streak.


Players to watch

Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou has five points (two goals, three assists) in a three-game point streak and seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past six games.

Devils forward Blake Coleman has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past five games.


They said it

"We have to jump on them early and get the puck and possess it for at least the first 20 minutes and try and get the first goal because I think it'll be huge, especially with them traveling and having a tough game last night." -- Red Wings center Dylan Larkin

"We played bad enough to lose and not good enough to win these games right now. We have some surges, but there's still some inconsistencies to our game. Just need more out of guys like me, out of other guys, if we want to turn this thing around." -- Devils center Travis Zajac


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Andreas Athanasiou -- Valtteri Filppula -- Robby Fabbri

Taro Hirose -- Frans Nielsen -- Brendan Perlini

Darren Helm -- Christoffer Ehn -- Adam Erne

Jonathan Ericsson -- Madison Bowey

Filip Hronek -- Dennis Cholowski

Patrik Nemeth -- Dylan McIlrath

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Alex Biega, Luke Glendening

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (lower body), Trevor Daley (lower body), Justin Abdelkader (undisclosed), Mike Green (upper body)


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Jesper Boqvist -- Jack Hughes -- Wayne Simmonds

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Nikita Gusev

Miles Wood -- Pavel Zacha -- Jesper Bratt

Andy Greene -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- P.K. Subban

Mirco Mueller -- Sami Vatanen

Louis Domingue 

Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratched: John Hayden, Matt Tennyson

Injured: Connor Carrick (finger), Kevin Rooney (upper body)


Status report

Helm (lower body) is a game-time decision after participating in the morning skate. ... Green will miss his second straight game. ... The Red Wings assigned defenseman Joe Hicketts to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. … The Devils did not hold a morning skate.


Stat pack

Fabbri has eight points (three goals, five assists) in seven games since being traded to the Red Wings by the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 6. ... Mantha has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past eight games. ... New Jersey has scored two or fewer goals in eight of its past nine games (4-5-0).

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