Wild @ Red Wings - 4/3
Posted April 03, 2011 - 09:44 AM
Yesterday's big comeback win in Nashville means nothing if Detroit shows up flat against a Minnesota team that's already been eliminated from the playoffs. The Wings may have clinched a playoff spot for the twentieth consecutive season but two more points gives them the Central Division and home ice in the first round.
Pavel Datsyuk is either expected to play or not expected to play, depending on who you ask. Before yesterday's game, Ken Holland said Datsyuk would return today. After the game, Mike Babcock said it was to be determined. If Pavs returns, I'd have to think Kris Draper and Drew Miller sit. If Pavs is out, Miller probably rotates in for Draper.
Niklas Kronwall will be out with a sore shoulder again meaning the blueline remains the same as Saturday.
Jimmy Howard starts opposite Jose Theodore.
The Wild are short a bunch of guys, including most of their blueline, so combined with the possibility of letting up after yesterday's game I feel like this is one of those "trap games" (not a commentary on Minnesota's defensive strategy, though that certainly comes into play as well).
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