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Preview: Jets at Red Wings

Defenseman Niklas Kronwall to make season debut for Detroit; forward Nic Petan recalled by Winnipeg

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

JETS (4-6-1) at RED WINGS (6-4-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports, FS-D, TSN3, NHL.TV

 

Jets Team Scope

The Winnipeg Jets will be scrambling to fill their lineup, with forwards Mathieu Perreault (upper body) and Joel Armia (lower body) injured during a 4-3 overtime loss against the Washington Capitals on Thursday. Jets coach Paul Maurice did not have an update on either player after the game, and the team did not hold a morning skate on Friday. With five other players sidelined, the team called up forward Nic Petan from Manitoba of the American Hockey League and placed forward Tyler Myers (lower body) on injured reserve. Winnipeg trailed 3-0 entering the third period Thursday, but got goals from Toby Enstrom, Adam Lowry and Marko Dano to send the game to overtime. It was the third time this season the Jets have rallied from three goals down, and it got them a point. "The last two years, it was no secret that our team struggled to come back in third periods," Lowry said Thursday. "Finding ways to come back and score multiple goals, it shows the character of this group."

 

Red Wings Team Scope

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (knee) is expected to play for the first time since the Red Wings were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference First Round last season. "I'm not nervous, but I'm definitely excited to get the jersey back on tonight," he said Friday. "I got through a full practice on Tuesday and I'm ready to go." Kronwall, 35, had 26 points (three goals, 23 assists) in 64 games last season, and has 365 points (74 goals, 291 assists) in 738 NHL games, all with the Red Wings. Detroit is 0-2-1 after a six-game winning streak, including a 4-3 overtime loss against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday. "We've got to keep our urgency high for 60 minutes, and we haven't been doing that," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. 

 

Jets Projected Lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nic Petan -- Adam Lowry -- Patrik Laine

Kyle Connor -- Mathieu Perreault -- Brandon Tanev

Andrew Copp -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Marko Dano

Josh Morrissey -- Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom -- Paul Postma

Ben Chiarot -- Julian Melchiori

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson  

Scratched: Chris Thorburn

Injured: Bryan Little (lower body), Drew Stafford (upper body), Tyler Myers (lower body), Mark Stuart (lower body), Shawn Matthias (lower body), Joel Armia (lower body).

 

 

Red Wings Projected Lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Justin Abdelkader

Gustav Nyquist -- Frans Nielsen -- Dylan Larkin

Andreas Athanasiou -- Darren Helm -- Riley Sheahan

Drew Miller -- Luke Glendening -- Steve Ott

Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson -- Alexey Marchenko

Brendan Smith -- Niklas Kronwall

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul

Injured: Tomas Jurco (back), Thomas Vanek (middle body) 

 

Status Report

Petan, who had four goals in nine games for Manitoba, is expected to play alongside Lowry and rookie Patrik Laine. … Kronwall practiced with Detroit's first power-play unit and alongside Brendan Smith as the Red Wings third defense pair. Blashill said Kronwall's workload will be carefully monitored. "He doesn't have to practice every day, and we'll keep an eye on his minutes and how he looks before we put him into back-to-back games."

 

Who's Hot 

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard is 2-1-0 with an 0.86 goals-against average and .973 save percentage in four games (three starts). Petr Mrazek (4-3-1) remains the No. 1 goaltender. … Laine leads the Jets with six goals. … Lowry and Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin each have scored in two straight games.

 

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