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Devils at Red Wings preview

Detroit aims to avoid fourth straight loss; Kinkaid expected to start for New Jersey

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

DEVILS (13-5-4) at RED WINGS (10-9-4)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+2, FS-D, NHL.TV 

 

The Game

The Detroit Red Wings will try to avoid their fourth consecutive defeat when they host the New Jersey Devils at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday. The Red Wings, 0-1-2 in their past three games, lost 2-1 in overtime against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Friday.

Detroit goaltender Petr Mrazek (2-3-1) is expected to start for the first time since Nov. 9, when he allowed five goals on 33 shots in a 6-3 loss against the Calgary Flames.

The Devils are 4-3-4 in their past 11 games after beginning the season 9-2-0. They defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 at Prudential Center on Friday. Goaltender Keith Kinkaid is expected to start; he's 4-1-1 with a 3.08 GAA and .905 SV% in seven games this season.

 

Players to watch

Devils forward Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists against Vancouver, and has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past four games.

Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha has no points in his past four games after having 11 (six goals, five assists) in his previous eight.

 

They said it

"It was a kind of game where you saw individual plays define the game, and you are starting to see that from our team." - Devils forward Taylor Hall after the win against the Canucks

"We did a tremendous job from the start of the game. It's one of those where you feel you deserved two points." - Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard after the loss against the Rangers

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Travis Zajac -- Jesper Bratt

Adam Henrique -- Nico Hischier -- Brian Gibbons

Pavel Zacha -- Blake Coleman -- Stefan Noesen

Miles Wood -- Brian Boyle -- Drew Stafford

Andy Greene -- Steven Santini

John Moore -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- Ben Lovejoy

Keith Kinkaid

Cory Schneider

Scratched: Dalton Prout, Jimmy Hayes

Injured: Marcus Johansson (concussion), Mirco Mueller (collarbone), Kyle Palmieri (broken right foot)

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Anthony Mantha -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Luke Glendening -- Dylan Larkin -- Tomas Tatar

Justin Abdelkader -- Frans Nielsen -- Darren Helm

Scott Wilson -- Andreas Athanasiou -- David Booth

Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson -- Nick Jensen

Niklas Kronwall -- Xavier Ouellet

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: None

Injured: Martin Frk (groin), Trevor Daley (upper body)

Suspended: Luke Witkowski

 

Status report

Neither team held a morning skate after playing on Friday. … Daley left the game against the Rangers and was scheduled for tests on Saturday.

 

Stat pack

Schneider has held opponents to three goals or fewer in seven of his past eight starts (3-2-3, 19 goals allowed). … Abdelkader has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past five games. … Larkin has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games.

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