After Overtime Loss, Red Wings Are Right Back at it Against the Dallas Stars
The Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars are back at it for game two of a four-game series tonight on back-to-back nights. Last night the Stars managed to hang on and win in a shootout for a vital second point in their battle for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Central Division. While the Red Wings would have liked a better outcome, it was a nice rebound game after a 4-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. Here are the projected lineups for tonight’s game.
The Stars were able to play to their strengths on Monday night keeping the Red Wings at their season average of 2.33 goals against per game average and scoring on the power play. Additionally, Roope Hintz continued his hot streak with a goal and assist to put him at 13 points in the last six games. Hintz remains a game-time decision due to a nagging lower-body injury.
With the shootout victory, they were able to notch just their third overtime victory in 15 attempts improving their record to 18-14-12. The Stars have gotten points in their last seven games and have won three straight at home. On such a hot streak the Stars are not expected to have many changes to the lineup. With the back-to-back night games, the Stars will be giving Anton Khudobin a night of rest and starting outstanding rookie goaltender Jake Oettinger who is 8-5-6 on the season, with one shutout, a 2.16 goals-against average, and a .919 save percentage.
Jake Oettinger in net for Stars.
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Jason Robertson – Roope Hintz – Joe Pavelski
Jason Dickinson – Jamie Benn – Denis Gurianov
Andrew Cogliano – Radek Faksa – Blake Comeau
Rhett Gardner – Tanner Kero – Nicholas Caamano
Esa Lindell – John Klingberg
Jamie Oleksiak – Miro Heiskanen
Andrej Sekera – Sami Vatanen
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It had been 18 games since forward Luke Glendening had scored a goal and he had only had three goals in 44 games on the season. Suddenly he found his scoring touch getting both goals for the Red Wings in their 3-2 loss yesterday. The team will need their top lines to produce some more goals if they hope to have some better outcomes in the last nine games of the season.
Newcomer Jakub Vrana missing last night’s game with a non-COVID-related illness which was announced right before game-time. The Red Wings choose to go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen in his absence. There have been no updates on his condition today so it remains to be seen whether he will play tonight.
Today the Red Wings placed Mathias Brome on the taxi squad which might indicate that Vrana will be ready to go. However, they will still have Frans Nielsen on emergency loan if needed. If Vrana is unable to play it would be likely the Red Wings go back to 11 forwards.
UPDATE: Forward Mathias Brome has been assigned to the #RedWings taxi squad.
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Alex Biega was a late addition to the lineup on Monday night and managed to get assists on both goals while only playing 11 minutes and 30 seconds with 52 seconds on the penalty kill. While Biega played well and produced offensively it would still be likely he sits if Vrana returns.
The Red Wings are going with the platoon approach rotating goaltenders each game. Thomas Greiss got the last start and Jonathan Bernier is expected to start game two in the four-game series tonight.
Evgeny Svechnikov – Dylan Larkin – Filip Zadina
Jakub Vrana – Michael Rasmussen – Richard Panik
Valtteri Filppula – Vladislav Namestnikov – Sam Gagner
Darren Helm – Luke Glendening – Adam Erne
Dennis Cholowski – Filip Hronek
Marc Staal – Troy Stecher
Danny DeKeyser – Gustav Lindstrom