Preview: Detroit travels to COVID-ravaged Hurricanes

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The Detroit Red Wings will travel to play the Carolina Hurricanes tonight.  The Hurricanes haven’t played since Sunday after having their Tuesday game postponed because of at least six players out of the lineup due to positive COVID tests.

This is the first of three meetings between the teams.

Game time tonight is 7:00 PM ET at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC.

On Tuesday, Lucas Raymond became the 2nd fastest (29 games) Red Wings teenager to reach the 25 point mark to start a career.  Raymond collected an assist on Dylan Larkin’s 11th goal of the season to reach the feat.  Steve Yzerman has the record of 25 points in 23 games.

Also on Tuesday, Moritz Seider became the second fastest rookie defenseman to reach the 20 point mark.  Seider also assisted on Larkin’s 11th goal to reach the feat in 29 games.  Nicklas Lidstrom continues to have the record of 22 games.

Red Wings Notes

  • Detroit are currently 4th in the Atlantic Division with a 14-12-3 record
  • The Red Wings special teams are currently ranked 27th in the NHL, PP 16.9%, PK 76.8%
  • Lucas Raymond continues to lead the Red Wings in scoring with 25 points in 29 games
  • Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 11 goals
  • Moritz Seider leads all Red Wings defensemen in scoring with 20 points in 29 games
  • Seider also leads Detroit with 17 assists
  • Tyler Bertuzzi continues to lead the Red Wings with a +9 rating
  • Alex Nedeljkovic is expected to start and has an 9-6-3 record, 2.71 GAA, and .918 SV% in 20 games
  • On Wednesday, the Red Wings recalled C Kyle Criscuolo and LW Taro Hirose from Grand Rapids

Positive COVID Tests

The Detroit Red Wings will be without Robby Fabbri and Michael Rasmussen tonight in Raleigh.  Both players have been placed in COVID-19 Protocol.

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Detroit Projected Lineup

Forwards

Tyler Bertuzzi – Dylan Larkin – Lucas Raymond

Vladislav Namestnikov – Pius Suter – Filip Zadina

Adam Erne –Joe Veleno – Taro Hirose

Givani Smith – Carter Rowney – Sam Gagner

Defensemen

Nick Leddy – Filip Hronek

Danny DeKeyser – Moritz Seider

Jordan Oesterle – Gustav Lindstrom

Goaltenders

Alex Nedeljkovic (starter)

Thomas Greiss

Not in lineup

Kyle Criscuolo (healthy), Robby Fabbri (COVID-19), Michael Rasmussen (COVID-19), Dan Renouf (healthy), Marc Staal (COVID-19)

Hurricanes Notes

  • Carolina are currently 2nd in the Metropolitan Division with a 19-7-1 record
  • The Hurricanes special teams are currently ranked 5th in the NHL, PP 20.5%, PK 88.0%
  • Andrei Svechnikov leads Carolina with nine goals and 21 points in 26 games
  • Defenseman Tony DeAngelo leads the Hurricanes with 15 assists in 20 games
  • Forward Teuvo Teravainen leads Carolina with a +11 rating
  • Goaltender Frederik Andersen is expected to start and has a 14-5-0 record, 1.93 GAA, and .930 SV% in 19 games
  • It looks like the Hurricanes will play up to two forwards short tonight

Carolina Projected Lineup

Forwards

Nino Niederreiter – Vincent Trocheck – Martin Necas

Jesper Fast – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Teuvo Teravainen

Derek Stepan – Andrew Poturalski

Jack Drury – Stefan Noesen

Defensemen

Jaccob Slavin – Ethan Bear

Brady Skjei – Brett Pesce

Brendan Smith – Tony DeAngelo

Goaltenders

Frederik Andersen (starting)

Antti Raanta

Not in lineup

Sebastian Aho (COVID-19), Jordan Martinook (ankle), Jordan Staal (COVID-19), Ian Cole (COVID-19), Steven Lorentz (COVID-19), Andrei Svechnikov (COVID-19), Seth Jarvis (COVID-19), Jalen Chatfield (undisclosed)

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