NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, March 13th
(All times Eastern)
Detroit Red Wings (12-9-5) at Calgary Flames (9-11-4), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings will try to bounce back from a tough
weekend when they visit the sliding Calgary Flames for Tuesday's clash at the
The Red Wings, who are tied for sixth in the West standings, had won two in a
row before running into the red-hot Columbus Blue Jackets in a home-and-home
series. The Blue Jackets notched a 3-0 win in Friday's encounter in Ohio and
then posted a 3-2 shootout decision the following night in Detroit.
The recent home-and-home wrapped up the season series between the Central
Division rivals and Columbus ended with a 4-0-1 record against the Red Wings.
"They're tough," Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard said of the Blue Jackets.
"They play a tough style. They dump the puck in and then they all fall back in
their own zone. All five of them are just standing there in front of the net,
and it's tough to get pucks through."
Jakub Kindl and Johan Franzen both potted goals in Sunday's loss, while Howard
recorded 19 saves in regulation and overtime but failed to come up with a stop
in the shootout.
The Red Wings hope to put the rough series against the pesky Blue Jackets
behind them on Wednesday, when they aim for their sixth win in seven trips to
Calgary. Detroit has won seven of 10 overall in the series with the Flames,
but Calgary recorded a 4-1 win when the clubs met in Detroit on Feb. 5.
Calgary enters this contest on an 0-3-0 slide and the last-place club has lost
five of its past seven games. The Flames have been outscored by a 13-3 margin
during the three-game slide and their best result during that skid came in
Monday's 3-1 loss at Los Angeles.
The Kings swept a two-game home series against the Flames, beating the
visitors by a 6-2 score on Saturday before Monday's win. Dustin Brown notched
two goals to lead L.A. to a win in the most recent contest.
Mikael Backlund scored the lone Calgary goal, while Joey MacDonald allowed two
goals on 21 shots for the Flames, who are last in the Western Conference with
"We're not winning games," Calgary captain Jarome Iginla admitted. "We're in
last place and that's not acceptable."
The Flames played both games in the L.A. series without forward Curtis
Glencross, who is questionable for Wednesday's test in Calgary. Glencross is
second on the team with eight goals this season.
Calgary is 6-5-2 as the host this year and is kicking off a two-game
homestand. The Red Wings are 3-5-2 as the guest and will play three straight
and seven of their next eight games on the road.
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