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Lineup changes likely for Red Wings against Jets

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com

RED WINGS (18-11-7) at JETS (16-17-2)

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WINNIPEG -- Lineup changes are possible for the Detroit Red Wings when they visit the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Tuesday.

The Red Wings, who will play for the third time in four nights, had an optional skate after a 3-1 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Monday. It is expected goaltender Jimmy Howard will start after Petr Mrazek played the past two games.

Detroit coach Jeff Blashill was not happy with his players' performance in the loss at Minnesota. One option is inserting forward Eric Tangradi into the lineup. Detroit recalled Tangradi, a former Jet, from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Monday, but he did not dress at Minnesota.

The status of forward Luke Glendening, who missed the game Monday because of an illness, is not known.

"We're still making evaluations of the lineup," Blashill said.

Jets coach Paul Maurice is expected to use the same lineup he dressed against Pittsburgh. Rookie goaltender Connor Hellebuyck will start for the seventh time in the past eight games after he shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 at home this past Sunday.

"[Detroit is a] similar challenge," Maurice said. "Some real depth and speed throughout their whole group."

Winnipeg has won five of its past six games at MTS Centre in December. For the third consecutive home game, the Jets will also be playing a team that played the night before. They are 4-1-0 in such situations this season.

The Jets have struggled on the road this season, so earning one more win against Detroit before starting a five-game trip Thursday at the Arizona Coyotes would be a major boost for a team trying to climb out of last place in the Central Division.

"The way we played against Pittsburgh, it was kind of a boring game," Jets forward Drew Stafford said. "For the most part, it's a collective effort staying out of the [penalty] box and making sure that when we are on special teams that we're getting the job done. I think that we've been playing a pretty good game at home.

"We're trying to take advantage of them coming in here on a back-to-back, having a good start, coming out aggressively and dictating the pace right away. So hopefully we can take over and take control early."

Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk will play his 909th game with Detroit, moving him past Sergei Fedorov and Kirk Maltby for eighth place in franchise history.

Here are the projected lineups:

RED WINGS

Dylan Larkin - Henrik Zetterberg - Justin Abdelkader

Darren Helm - Pavel Datsyuk - Brad Richards

Gustav Nyquist - Riley Sheahan - Tomas Tatar

Tomas Jurco - Joakim Andersson - Eric Tangradi

Niklas Kronwall - Danny DeKeyser

Brendan Smith - Mike Green

Jakub Kindl - Alexey Marchenko

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Injured: Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder), Johan Franzen (concussion), Luke Glendening (illness), Drew Miller (broken jaw), Teemu Pulkkinen (dislocated shoulder), Kyle Quincey (ankle)

Scratched: Tomas Nosek

JETS

Drew Stafford - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler

Andrew Ladd - Adam Lowry - Alexander Burmistrov

Chris Thorburn - Mathieu Perreault - Nikolaj Ehlers

Joel Armia - Andrew Copp - Matt Halischuk

Jacob Trouba - Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom - Tyler Myers

Mark Stuart - Ben Chiarot

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Injured: Grant Clitsome (back), Ondrej Pavelec (knee), Mark Scheifele (concussion)

Scratched: Adam Pardy, Anthony Peluso, Paul Postma

Status report: Maurice said Pavelec's recovery is on schedule and he will accompany the Jets on the upcoming road trip. Scheifele is also progressing. "No setbacks. All positive. Nothing has changed," Maurice said.

Who's hot: Datsyuk has a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists). … Little has four goals and an assist in his past four games. … Wheeler has seven assists in his past five games.

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