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Zetterberg in for Wings; Caps' Green game-time call

by Staff

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard gets the start and forward Henrik Zetterberg returns to the lineup Friday against the Washington Capitals at Joe Louis Arena.

Howard dressed as the backup to Jonas Gustavsson in a 5-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. He hasn't played since Jan. 20, when he left a game against the St. Louis Blues in the second period due to discomfort in his knee.

Zetterberg, who has two goals and six assists during a four-game point streak, hasn't played since Jan. 24 against the Montreal Canadiens due to a sore back. He has 16 goals and 44 points in 40 games this season.

Daniel Cleary will come out of the lineup to make room for Zetterberg.

The Capitals, meanwhile, don't expect to know until game time whether defenseman Mike Green will be in the lineup.

Green was involved in a first-period collision with Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner in a 5-2 loss Thursday. He stayed down for about a minute before heading to the dressing room.

Green came back and sat on the bench during a stoppage in play three minutes later, then got up and left with a member of the Capitals training staff.

The Capitals on Friday recalled defenseman Tyson Strachan from Hershey of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis and he could take Green's place in the lineup. Center Ryan Stoa was reassigned to the AHL.

Michal Neuvirth starts in net for the Capitals after Braden Holtby faced the Blue Jackets. Neuvirth stopped 28 of 30 shots in his previous start, a 2-1 loss at the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 24.

Here are the projected lineups for the Capitals and Red Wings:


Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin

Martin Erat - Brooks Laich - Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Eric Fehr - Casey Wellman - Joel Ward

Karl Alzner - John Carlson

Dmitry OrlovTyson Strachan

John Erskine - Connor Carrick

Michal Neuvirth

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Aaron Volpatti

Injured: Jack Hillen (broken leg), Mikhail Grabovski (knee), Mike Green (upper body)


Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Justin Abdelkader

Tomas Tatar - Riley Sheahan - Tomas Jurco

Joakim Andersson - Darren Helm - Daniel Alfredsson

Drew Miller - Luke Glendening - Patrick Eaves

Kyle Quincey - Danny DeKeyser

Jonathan Ericsson - Niklas Kronwall

Brendan Smith - Brian Lashoff

Jimmy Howard

Jonas Gustavsson

Scratched: Todd Bertuzzi, Jakub Kindl

Injured: Johan Franzen (concussion), Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), Cory Emmerton (finger), Stephen Weiss (sports hernia)

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