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Tonight marks the first of a quick two-game home stand after the Red Wings obtained 4 of a possible 6 points in Colorado, Phoenix, and Pittsburgh. Detroit has won 8 of their past 10 and see themselves 3 points within first place in the East, behind Tampa Bay and Montreal.
Tonight's match-up features a 'new-look' Winnipeg team that sent forward Evander Kane and defenseman Zach Bogosian to Buffalo, in exchange for defenseman Tyler Myers and forwards Drew Stafford, and Joel Armia. Jimmy Howard (out since Jan. 10th) will start for the first time after missing 11 games due to a groin injury. "You can work out and practice as much as you want, but until you get in there and you get a taste of the speed again, you sort of forget what it's like, so it was good (to play)," Howard told the Red Wings website. "I just treated it like a practice." Detroit has not lost back-to-back games in regulation. The Red Wings host Montreal on Monday before they begin a six-game road trip through the Western Conference.
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You can watch today's 7:00 PM matchup on Fox Sports Detroit Plus, or listen in with Ken Kal and Paul Woods on 97.1 The Ticket.