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Preview: Devils at Red Wings

New Jersey, Detroit to play finale at Joe Louis Arena; forward Henrik Zetterberg will skate in 1,000th NHL game

by Dave Hogg / Correspondent

DEVILS (28-39-14) at RED WINGS (32-36-13)

5 p.m. ET; FS-D, SN1, MSG+ 2, NHL.TV


Devils team scope

The New Jersey Devils visit the Detroit Red Wings for the final NHL game at Joe Louis Arena. The Devils played the Red Wings in the 1995 Stanley Cup Final -- the first of six played at the Joe -- winning in four games. The Devils played their final home game of the season Saturday, a 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders. "I feel like that game went just like how the season went," defenseman Dalton Prout said. "We were playing well, outshooting them. Then something bad happens and we collapse." Forward Beau Bennett scored both Devils goals for the second multi-goal game of his NHL career. He scored twice for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Dec. 9, 2015. The Devils dressed seven defensemen against the Islanders but coach John Hynes benched Damon Severson for the final 16 minutes of the game. "There were some soft plays early in the game," Hynes said. "If we have seven defensemen and one guy doesn't have it, you're going to sit on the bench." The Devils will finish last in the Eastern Conference for the first time since 1985-86.


Red Wings team scope

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg will play in his 1,000th NHL game in the finale at Joe Louis Arena. "I've known since November that [Sunday] would be the game if I stayed healthy. That makes it even more special," he said. "My father and my son are here for the weekend and, of course, there will be all of the guys coming back for the last game." There will be a red-carpet ceremony for the alumni in attendance. After the game, there will be an hour-long tribute to the history of the arena, which opened in 1979. There are also expected to be special moments honoring Gordie Howe and longtime owner Mike Ilitch, each of whom died in the past year. The Red Wings are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday -- a game played before a loud, sold-out crowd despite Detroit's 25-year Stanley Cup Playoff streak coming to an end. "It was like a playoff game out there tonight, and I imagine it is going to be even louder [Sunday]," forward Dylan Larkin said. "The fans are really into this, as they should be, and hopefully we can come out and play a little better for them."


Devils projected lineup

Adam Henrique -- Travis Zajac -- Kyle Palmieri

Taylor Hall -- Pavel Zacha -- Michael Cammalleri

Beau Bennett -- Jacob Josefson -- Stefan Noesen

Miles Wood -- Blake Coleman -- Ben Thomson

Andy Greene -- Ben Lovejoy

John Moore - Dalton Prout

Jon Merrill -- Michael Kapla

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid 

Scratched: Joseph Blandisi, Damon Severson

Injured: Devante Smith-Pelly (lower body)


Red Wings projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg - Gustav Nyquist

Matt Lorito -- Dylan Larkin -- Justin Abdelkader

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen-- Riley Sheahan

Tomas Nosek -- Ben Street - Drew Miller

Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen

Mike Green -- Niklas Kronwall

Robbie Russo -- Xavier Ouellet

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: None

Injured: Tyler Bertuzzi (ankle), Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), Ryan Sproul (knee), Anthony Mantha (finger), Luke Glendening (ankle), Andreas Athanasiou (lower body)


Status report

Neither team skated Sunday morning. … The Devils are expected to go back to 12 forwards and six defensemen, with Thomson replacing Severson. … Lorito, who had an assist in his first NHL game Saturday, will remain on Detroit's second line alongside Larkin and Abdelkader.


Who's hot

Bennett has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past two games and has a new NHL career-high of eight goals. … Nielsen has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past five games.

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