GAME DAY: Juolevi could debut as Red Wings host Wild (7:00 p.m. ET, Hulu)

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Mike Gould
2 years ago
Wait, did the Detroit Red Wings play against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday? You’re sure?
We either have no recollection of this game or have successfully managed to forget it. According to NHL.com, the Red Wings lost … er, 9–2. To a tanking Coyotes team.
Well, the Red Wings will do their best to move past Tuesday’s embarrassing loss when they play host to the Minnesota Wild at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday evening.
On paper, the Wild are a significantly more formidable team than the Coyotes. At 33–19–4, Minnesota is a safe bet to cruise to a playoff spot in the Central Division and could open up its first series on home ice.
Losers of three consecutive games (including back-to-back blowouts), the 24–27–6 Red Wings are firmly in spoiler mode. They’ll look to avenge their last loss to the Wild — a 7–4 drubbing at Xcel Energy Center on Valentine’s Day — and end their losing skid on Thursday.

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Expect defenseman @Olli Juolevi to make his debut for the Red Wings on Thursday after being claimed off waivers from the Florida Panthers earlier this week.
The 23-year-old Finn skated on a pairing with Troy Stecher during Wednesday’s practice. He did not record a point in 10 contests with the Panthers this season.

The Red Wings

Projected lineup via Daily Faceoff:
@Vladislav Namestnikov – @Dylan Larkin – @Lucas Raymond
@Tyler Bertuzzi – @Pius Suter – @Robby Fabbri
@Jakub Vrana – @Joe Veleno – @Filip Zadina
@Adam Erne – @Michael Rasmussen – @Sam Gagner
@Nick Leddy  – @Moritz Seider
@Marc Staal – @Filip Hronek
@Olli Juolevi – @Troy Stecher
Projected starter: @Thomas Greiss (8–9–1, .888 SV%)

The Wild

Projected lineup via Daily Faceoff:
@Kirill Kaprizov – @Ryan Hartman – @Mats  Zuccarello
@Kevin Fiala – @Frederick Gaudreau – @Matthew Boldy
@Jordan Greenway – @Joel Eriksson Ek – @Marcus Foligno
@Brandon Duhaime – @Nico Sturm – @Nick Bjugstad
@Jon Merrill – @Jared Spurgeon
@Jonas Brodin – @Mathew Dumba
@Alex Goligoski – @Dmitry Kulikov
Projected starter: @Cam Talbot (21–12–1, .908 SV%)

Scoring leaders

Detroit: @Dylan Larkin (27 goals, 57 points); @Tyler Bertuzzi (24 goals, 48 points); @Lucas Raymond (16 goals, 43 points); @Moritz Seider (five goals, 41 points); @Robby Fabbri (17 goals, 30 points).
Minnesota: @Kirill Kaprizov (28 goals, 71 points); @Mats Zuccarello (17 goals, 57 points); @Kevin Fiala (20 goals, 51 points); @Ryan Hartman (23 goals, 41 points); @Marcus Foligno (19 goals, 31 points).

Players to watch

Detroit: How can it not be @Jakub Vrana? The 26-year-old winger was one of the only reasons to watch the Red Wings’ catastrophic 9–2 loss to the Coyotes, scoring Detroit’s second goal in his return from offseason shoulder surgery.
Minnesota: What a stretch it’s been for Wild forward @Kevin Fiala, who has shot up the team’s scoring leaderboard with 33 points in his last 26 games. Minnesota originally acquired the Swiss winger from the Nashville Predators in exchange for @Mikael Granlund back in 2019.

Viewing and listening options

Thursday’s game at Little Caesars Arena will be broadcast on Hulu starting at 7:30 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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