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Detroit looks to avoid 12th straight loss; Winnipeg seeks ninth win in 12 games

by Darrin Bauming / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

RED WINGS (7-21-3) at JETS (18-10-2)

8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-D, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Detroit Red Wings will look for their first win in 12 games when they visit the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday. 

The Red Wings, who have been outscored 48-20 in their past 11 games (0-9-2), have not gone 12 straight without a victory since Oct. 21-Nov. 16, 1989 (0-9 with three ties). 

Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader is expected to return after missing 15 games with a hand injury, and defenseman Trevor Daley is expected back after missing 16 games with a lower-body injury.

Goalie Eric Comrie will make his first start for the Red Wings against his former team after being acquired in a trade from the Arizona Coyotes on Nov. 30. He played five games with the Jets during the previous three seasons.

Winnipeg will look for its ninth victory in 12 games (8-2-1).

The Jets, eyeing their fourth straight home win, are 8-3-1 in their past 12 games against the Red Wings and have points in five of the past six (4-1-1).

 

Players to watch

Jets center Mark Scheifele has five points (four goals, one assist) in a three-game goal/point streak.

Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has four points (two goals, two assists) in a three-game point streak.

 

They said it

"We thought their game against [the] Pittsburgh [Penguins] was a real good game. A lot of compete. They're going to be real competitive, obviously, trying to turn their season around." -- Jets captain Blake Wheeler on the Red Wings' 5-3 loss Saturday

"I know this building pretty well. I've played a lot of minutes in this building and I've always enjoyed playing in front of this crowd, and now it's going to be different playing against the crowd." -- Red Wings goalie Eric Comrie

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Robby Fabbri

Luke Glendening -- Valtteri Filppula -- Filip Zadina

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Adam Erne

Brendan Perlini -- Christoffer Ehn -- Justin Abdelkader

Patrik Nemeth -- Mike Green

Trevor Daley -- Filip Hronek

Alex Biega -- Dylan McIlrath

Eric Comrie

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Jonathan Ericsson, Andreas Athanasiou, Dennis Cholowski

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (lower body), Anthony Mantha (lower body), Jimmy Howard (lower body)

 

Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Mathieu Perreault

Gabriel Bourque -- Nicholas Shore -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Luca Sbisa -- Neal Pionk

Anthony Bitetto -- Nathan Beaulieu

Laurent Brossoit

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: Carl Dahlstrom, David Gustafsson, Joona Luoto

Injured: Dmitry Kulikov (upper body), Bryan Little (ear), Dustin Byfuglien (ankle)

 

Status report

Athanasiou did not skate Sunday or Monday and is not expected to play… Bourque returns to the lineup in place of Luoto after missing 14 games with a lower-body injury. … Detroit defenseman Madison Bowey cleared waivers Tuesday and was reassigned to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. … The Jets reassigned forward Mason Appleton to Manitoba of the AHL.

 

Stat pack

Connor has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in his past 11 games… Fabbri has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past four games.

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