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RED WINGS (15-9-7) AT PANTHERS (9-17-5)


Last 10: Detroit 6-4-0; Florida 4-5-1

Season series: This is the second game of a home-and-home series between the Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers. The Panthers won Saturday 2-1 behind Jonathan Huberdeau's tie-breaking goal in the third period and 22 saves by Tim Thomas. The teams play three more times after Tuesday.

Big story: Pavel Datsyuk, who has missed seven games with a concussion, will be back in the lineup for the Red Wings. Detroit is also a League-best 10-3-1 on the road.

Team scope:

Red Wings: Detroit's loss to the Panthers on Saturday was the 11th in its past 13 games at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings managed one goal without their top goal scorer in Datsyuk (12) and top point scorer Henrik Zetterberg (30).

"We have to find a way to play a lot more simple than we did [Saturday]. We were making way too many mistakes," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said after the loss. "Just how we played [Saturday] isn't going to cut it."

The Red Wings have scored 25 goals in the games Datsyuk has missed, but he brings more than offense to the team.

"[Zetterberg] and [Datsyuk] are all over the ice really, and you feel that we don't have them but at the same time, this is what we have right now and we are a better team than we showed [Saturday]. We have to find a way to win games regardless if they are in or not,” Kronwall said.

Panthers: Florida comes off a 6-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. The Panthers cut a 3-0 deficit to 3-2 before the Blackhawks netted the final three goals.

“I don't think we were very good to start the game. Obviously to come back against this team in this building after giving them that lead in the first period is going to be difficult,” Panthers interim head coach Peter Horacheck said.

The Panthers allowed two power-play goals in the first period, and the Blackhawks connected on three of four chances in the game.

“Their first two goals are on the power play, which is tough to give up. Like I said, they've got a skilled team over there and a good power play,” defenseman Dylan Olsen said.

Who's hot: Johan Franzen has three goals in four games for the Red Wings. ... Olsen has three points in two games for the Panthers.

Injury report: In addition to Zetterberg, defenseman Danny DeKeyser (shoulder) is on injured reserve and Darren Helm (shoulder) is expected to miss a week to 10 days. ... The Panthers will be without defensemen Matt Gilroy (lower body) and Ed Jovanovski (hip), who are both on IR.

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