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Winnipeg eyes 14th victory in 19; Detroit tries to end 12-game winless skid

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

JETS (19-10-2) at RED WINGS (7-22-3)

7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D+, TSN3, NHL.TV


The Game

The Detroit Red Wings will try to avoid extending their winless streak to 13 games, which would tie the third-longest in their history, when they host the Winnipeg Jets at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday.

The Red Wings, who have lost 10 straight games in regulation, are 0-10-2 in their past 12 games, outscored 53-21. A loss in any fashion would equal Detroit's skid of 0-9 with four ties from Nov. 24-Dec. 28, 1946.

The Red Wings could be without center Dylan Larkin, who is doubtful because of an illness. Forward Andreas Athanasiou will miss his second straight game because of an undisclosed injury.

The Jets, who defeated Detroit 5-1 at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday, have won two straight and are 13-3-2 in their past 18 games.


Players to watch

Jets center Mark Scheifele has six points (five goals, one assist) in a four-game goal/point streak.

Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi, the only healthy player among Detroit's top four forwards, has three assists in his past eight games. 


They said it

"The schedule worked out for us so that I could start this game, which is great. It's really easy to get going for this game. I'm going to have a lot of friends and family in the crowd, and it will get my juices flowing. It's a good feeling." -- Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who grew up Commerce, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit 

"We've just got to focus on the things it takes to win. The one thing I keep talking about is that whatever happened on Tuesday is over. We have to have a great next-shift, next-game mentality. We learned from what we did wrong on Tuesday, but now we have to forget about that game and go out and try to win this one." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Mathieu Perreault

Gabriel Bourque -- Nicholas Shore -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Luca Sbisa -- Neal Pionk

Anthony Bitetto -- Nathan Beaulieu

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Carl Dahlstrom, David Gustafsson, Joona Luoto

Injured: Dmitry Kulikov (upper body), Bryan Little (ear)

Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Valtteri Filppula -- Robby Fabbri

Luke Glendening -- Frans Nielsen -- Filip Zadina

Brendan Perlini -- Darren Helm -- Justin Abdelkader

Christoffer Ehn -- Adam Erne

Patrik Nemeth -- Filip Hronek

Mike Green -- Trevor Daley

Dylan McIlrath -- Alex Biega

Jonathan Ericsson

Jonathan Bernier

Eric Comrie

Scratched: None 

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (lower body), Anthony Mantha (lower body), Jimmy Howard (lower body), Dylan Larkin (illness), Andreas Athanasiou (undisclosed)


Status report

Jets coach Paul Maurice said no decision has been made about possible surgery for Little, who remains out indefinitely. … The Red Wings are expected to dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen because of injuries and illnesses.


Stat pack

Connor has six points (one goal, five assists) in a four-game point streak. … Wheeler has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past eight games.

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