The Red Wings were able to earn a victory on Wednesday night, snapping a four game losing streak in the process as a Western Canada road trip continues.[singlepic id=79 w=484 h=280 float=center]
Matchup: Detroit Red Wings vs. Calgary Flames
Venue: Scotiabank Saddledome; Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Television: Detroit- FSD+; Calgary- SNET-W
The Detroit Red Wings (7-4-2, 16 points, 5th place Atlantic Division) were able to get their four game Western Canada road trip off to a good start when they were able to get solid defense and goaltending to earn a 2-1 win despite the continued offensive struggles. They will look to start a win streak when they travel to Calgary tonight to take on a Calgary Flames (5-5-2, 12 points, 6th place Pacific Division) team that has been anything but consistent this season.
The Red Wings went into Vancouver with one thing on their mind, to earn a crucial two points and snap a four game losing streak. After the firs period, they found themselves in a familiar situation as they found themselves trailing 1-0. They were able to finally get the offense going in the second period as they connected for two goals seven minutes apart to take a 2-1 lead into the third period. The two goals proved to be all the offense they would need as they would hold on in the third to earn a 2-1 victory and snap their four game losing streak while breaking Vancouver’s four game winning streak in the process.
The four game losing streak did not hurt the Red Wings as much as one would think. They were still able to earn points in two of the four games and despite the streak, they are still tied for second in the division (currently sitting in fifth due to tiebreaking rules though). The main issue during the losing streak was the offense. They were outscored 15-5 during the four game span. The offensive struggles continued in the victory , though that can be attributed to Vancouver’s solid defense and goaltending. The Flames provide an opportunity for the Red Wings to finally break out offensively as the Flames have given up four or more goals in their past four losses.
Calgary comes into tonight’s match having lost five out of their past seven games while getting out scored 30-18 in that span. Tonight’s game is the last of a three game homestand for the Flames, who then hit the road for four games, three against playoff teams from last season. If the Flames aren’t able to earn a victory against the Red Wings tonight, the could find themselves in a hole that they are not able to dig themselves out of this early in the season.
The Red Wings will be getting Johan Franzen back tonight after he missed Wednesday’s game with an injury. Petr Mrazek was also recalled from Grand Rapids today to back up Jimmy Howard tonight as Jonas Gustavsson has a strained neck.
Jimmy Howard will once again get the start in net for the Red Wings tonight after earning the 2-1 victory on Wednesday. Howard will not be starting tomorrow night since the Red Wings don’t want to use him on back to back days. This means that if Gustavsson is healthy enough, he will get the start and if not, Mrazek will make his season debut in Edmonton.
The Flames will counter with former Red Wings goaltender Joey MacDonald tonight. This season, Macdonald is 3-2-1 with a 3.01 GAA and an .894 save percentage. Tonight will be Macdonald’s first start in four games with his last start coming in a 4-2 loss to Phoenix on October 22nd.