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GAME DAY: Wings face tough opponent in red-hot Flames (7:00 p.m. ET, BSDET)

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Mike Gould
8 months ago
The Detroit Red Wings have lost four consecutive games. They’ve been outscored 24–10 in those contests, with nine of those goals against coming in an embarrassing loss to the lottery-bound Arizona Coyotes on Mar. 8.
On the other hand, the Calgary Flames have points in 18 of their last 21 games and currently lead the Pacific Division by a comfortable five-point margin. The Flames (35–15–7) will play host to the Red Wings (24–27–7) at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday evening.
Calgary’s plus-61 goal differential ranks behind only the Florida Panthers (plus-73) in the entire National Hockey League. The Flames defeated the Red Wings by a 3–0 score when the two teams met at Little Caesars Arena back on Oct. 21, 2021.

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Detroit will be without the services of @Robby Fabbri in Saturday’s game and for the rest of the 2021–22 season. The club announced on Friday that Fabbri has suffered a suspected torn ACL and is likely done for the year.
Also on Friday, the Red Wings recalled forward @Taro Hirose from the American Hockey League. The 25-year-old forward played at Calgary’s Edge School as a teenager before moving on to the BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks, the NCAA’s Michigan State Spartans, and (finally) the Red Wings organization.
At this point, it’s unclear whether Hirose will draw into the Red Wings’ lineup for Saturday’s game. Furthermore, @Tyler Bertuzzi will be unable to play in Calgary due to his unvaccinated status. Expect to see some shuffled forward lines in Calgary as the Red Wings try to find successful new combinations.

The Red Wings

Projected lineup via Daily Faceoff:
@Vladislav Namestnikov – @Dylan Larkin – @Lucas Raymond
@Jakub Vrana – @Joe Veleno – @Sam Gagner
@Adam Erne – @Michael Rasmussen – @Filip Zadina
@Givani Smith – @Pius Suter – @Taro Hirose
@Nick Leddy  – @Moritz Seider
@Jordan Oesterle – @Filip Hronek
@Marc Staal – @Troy Stecher
Projected starter: @Alex Nedeljkovic (15–17–6, .901 SV%)

The Flames

Projected lineup via Daily Faceoff:
@Johnny Gaudreau – @Elias Lindholm – @Matthew Tkachuk
@Blake Coleman – @Mikael Backlund – @Trevor Lewis
@Andrew Mangiapane – @Adam Ruzicka – @Tyler Toffoli
@Milan Lucic – @Sean Monahan – @Dillon Dube
@Noah Hanifin – @Rasmus Andersson
@Oliver Kylington – @Chris Tanev
@Nikita Zadorov – @Erik Gudbranson
Projected starter: @Jacob Markstrom (27–11–6, .927 SV%)

Scoring leaders

Detroit: @Dylan Larkin (27 goals, 57 points); @Tyler Bertuzzi (24 goals, 48 points); @Lucas Raymond (18 goals, 45 points); @Moritz Seider (five goals, 41 points); @Robby Fabbri (17 goals, 30 points).
Calgary: @Johnny Gaudreau (26 goals, 77 points); @Matthew Tkachuk (27 goals, 66 points); @Elias Lindholm (29 goals, 61 points); @Andrew Mangiapane (29 goals, 43 points); @Rasmus Andersson (two goals, 35 points).

Players to watch

Detroit: When was the last time @Sam Gagner played on the second line? The 32-year-old forward used to be a top-six mainstay during his first stint with the Edmonton Oilers but has primarily been relegated to depth duty in Detroit. Gagner has six goals and 21 points in 58 games with the Red Wings this season.
Calgary: @Sean Monahan has been mired in a tough stretch lately. The 27-year-old centre has gone his last eight games without a point and has just eight goals in 57 contests this season. A three-time 30-goal scorer, Monahan is on pace for just 12 goals in 2021–22; his last tally came in the Flames’ 3–1 win over the Winnipeg Jets back on Feb. 21.

Viewing and listening options

Saturday’s game at the Scotiabank Saddledome will be broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit starting at 7:00 p.m. ET. It’ll be sent over the airwaves on WXYT-FM 97.1 “The Ticket” in the Detroit area, as well as on the Red Wings’ official website.

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