Morning Skate: New Jersey Devils vs Detroit Red Wings- Preview, How to Watch
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Place: Small Caesars Arena, Detroit MI
Radio: 97.1 FM Das Ticket, 1270 p.m.
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Five more and the race down heats up. The Wings have had problems winning more lottery ping pong balls lately, but no games. Tonight, they’ll entertain the New Jersey Devils in another meeting of two teams battling for the lottery position.
New Jersey is very similar to Detroit in that they’ve really been fighting for the offensive this season. Kyle Palmieri leads them in goals with 27. Blake Coleman is next at 22 and Travis Rabbit/.Nico Hischier are timed at 17 behind them. Just two more strikers (Taylor Hall and Pavel Zacha) and a defense attorney (Damon Severson) are over 9 destinations. For comparison: The Red Wings also have two goalscorers with more than 20 goals and a total of only seven with double-digit goals (however, the Wings have no defender over five goals). The Devils are generally made more offensive by their blue line, led by the aforementioned Severson (37 points). Will Butcher (4Goals, 29pts) and Andy Greene (4/24). Conversely, Mike Green leads the Red Wings defenders on goals (5) and points (26) despite having only played 43 games. On the net, Corey Schneider (0.904 percent less) continues the trend with numbers similar to Jimmy Howard (.908) in 26 fewer games. Mackenzie Blackwood has come up with some pretty solid numbers (.917) in 20 games with the Devils Jonathan Bernier (the most likely starter tonight for Detroit) is with a saving of 0.902 percent in 34 games, since the Konstanz was his biggest Bugaboo in his first year with the Wings.
No team is very good at scoring goals, but none is very good at keeping them out of their own net. So there must be something tonight. Tonight’s game, along with the last of the season against the Buffalo Sabers, will put the Red Wings in as good a draft lottery position. For those in the tank camp, this is a must see for Detroit. Incidentally, you can enjoy Red Wings Hockey one of the last couple times this season before the craze of the Stanley Cup playoffs and off-season kicks in. LGRW!