Red Wings hope to rebound after embarrassing loss with a depleted lineup
The Central Division playoff race remains extremely close. The Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, and Tampa Bay Lightning are fighting it out for first place. While the Nashville Predators, Dallas Stars, and Chicago Blackhawks are fighting it out for the final spot. The Stars are currently in the final spot with their current win percentage but remain two points behind the Nashville Predators. Having gotten points in their last eight games, the Stars are looking to continue that streak all the way to the playoffs. Here are the projected lineups for tonight’s game.
The Stars were able to dominate the Red Wings on Tuesday night without their top center and hottest scorer Roope Hints and defenseman Miro Heiskanen. Both remain game-time decisions for tonight’s game. Continuing their rotation in net Anton Khudobin is expected to get the start tonight.
Anton Khudobin in net tonight. Heiskanen and Hintz are game-time decisions, according to Rick Bowness
— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) April 22, 2021
Unlike the Red Wings, the Stars have some positive news on the injury front. Forward Tyler Seguin, who has missed the entire season so far, is traveling with the team and participated in the team’s morning skate.
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 22, 2021
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
Detroit Red Wings:
Head coach Jeff Blashill had some updates on injuries this morning after the morning skate and none of them were particularly positive. Captain Dylan Larkin will be out for tonight’s game and will have further tests done tomorrow. Forwards Tyler Bertuzzi and Frans Nielsen have been ruled out for the rest of the season. The Red Wings will also be without forward Robby Fabbri again tonight. Additionally, 2019 first-round draft pick Joe Veleno is currently skating with the team and is on the taxi squad however, he has not been cleared to play yet.
Our partners over at the Grind Line Podcast summed it up nicely as to what to expect for the Red Wings lineup tonight:
Tonight's Red Wings Forward Lineup:
— The Grind Line Podcast™ (@GrindLinePod) April 22, 2021
Evgeny Svechnikov was injured in a morning skate last week and has been considered day-to-day since. He is expected to be available and likely for the lineup tonight. With so many injuries the projected lines are more of a formality at this point. It’s likely that the Red Wings end up going with 11 forwards and seven defensemen which causes a rotation of lines.
The Red Wings could go with a recent first-round draft pick line on paper with Svechnikov (2015 draft, 19th overall, Michael Rasmussen (2017 draft, ninth overall), and Filip Zadina (2018 draft, sixth overall). If a player is recalled from the taxi squad it’s likely to be forward Mathias Brome. Blashill did mention that there are a few players with bumps and bruises that might be a game-time decision but did not specify who that might be.
With the likelihood of the Red Wings going with seven defensemen, Alex Biega has recently been the most consistent addition. Defenseman Dennis Cholowski has been getting reps with the second power-play unit as part of his audition with the team.
With two losses in a row and has gone one for 17 since Cholowski’s call-up on April 10th, the Red Wings might decide to place offensive defenseman Christian Djoos back into the lineup in place of Biega. However, with Biega being stronger in the defensive zone it’s likely they continue with him.
Jonathan Bernier got the start on Tuesday for the Wings but was pulled after just under 24 minutes. Thomas Greiss is expected to get the start tonight in net.
Evgeny Svechnikov – Michael Rasmussen – Filip Zadina
Jakub Vrana – Vladislav Namestnikov – Valtteri Filppula
Richard Panik – Sam Gagner
Darren Helm – Luke Glendening – Adam Erne
Dennis Cholowski – Filip Hronek
Marc Staal – Troy Stecher
Danny DeKeyser – Gustav Lindstrom