Skip to content

Rivalry Night on NBCSN: Can Red Wings’ Howard continue dominance of Wild?

Mar 20, 2013, 8:04 AM EDT

Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings makes a third period save on Matt Cullen #7 of the Minnesota Wild at Joe Louis Arena on January 25, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 5-3.
(January 24, 2013 - Source: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Throughout the season, NBCSN will feature the NHL’s fiercest rivalries on Wednesday nights. Tonight the Minnesota Wild will head to Joe Louis Arena for a match against the Detroit Red Wings at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Red Wings looked like they had a shot in the Zach Parise and Ryan Suter sweepstakes last summer, but of course, that didn’t come to pass. Instead, a new era has started in Minnesota while Detroit struggles to keep its remarkable 21-season playoff streak alive.

Detroit hasn’t faded since Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement, nor have the Wild looked like Stanley Cup favorites just yet. Both franchises have demonstrated highs and lows this season, exposed areas of great concern and have made optimists out of many during other stretches.

As we start to power towards the end of the season though, both the Red Wings and the Wild are in the heart of the pack that will battle for everything from fourth to last place in the Western Conference. For Minnesota, there’s also a chance that they’ll come out on top in the relatively weak Northwest Division and secure the third seed.

The Red Wings’ greatest task tonight will likely be containing Suter and forward Devin Setoguchi. Both players have been superb lately, with Setoguchi in particular shaking off a cold start to the 2013 campaign by scoring six goals and 12 points in his last 11 games.

Detroit is expected to counter with goaltender Jimmy Howard, who has a 9-2-22 record, 1.96 GAA, and .917 save percentage in 13 career starts against Minnesota.

Both teams are on winning streak and this is one of those matches that could go either way. With the two teams so close in the standings, this might also end up serving as a first-round playoff preview.

Probable goaltenders: DET – Howard (12-7-4, 2.42 GAA, .917 SV%) | MIN – Niklas Backstrom (14-7-2, 2.34 GAA, .915 SV%)

Top scorers: DET – Pavel Datsyuk (9-21-30, 28 GP) and Henrik Zetterberg (8-22-30, 29 GP) | MIN – Mikko Koivu (6-17-23, 28 GP) and Suter (2-21-23, 28 GP)

Notable Injuries:
Detroit – Forwards: Patrick Eaves (jaw), Mikael Samuelsson (finger), Todd Bertuzzi (back), Darren Helm (back) Defensemen: Kyle Quincey (face), Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder)
Minnesota – Forwards: Michael Rupp (lower body) Defensemen: Tom Gilbert (undisclosed) Goaltending: Josh Harding (symptoms related to multiple sclerosis)

Latest Posts
  1. Ruff: ‘Tonight was by far the best game we have played’

    Oct 25, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

    Lindy Ruff AP

    Stars overcome controversial goal call for win in New Jersey.

  2. Columbus’ Cam Atkinson avoids damage to eye after skate bloodies his face

    Oct 25, 2014, 12:50 AM EDT

    atkinson

    “I can see, thank God, I can see,” he reportedly said.

  3. Report: Lawyer for Voynov’s wife says her take on incident isn’t ‘radically different’

    Oct 25, 2014, 12:50 AM EDT

    cd0ymzcznguwzdbhnduynddiytjhm2yyzthlmtjjotqwyyznpte3nju0ywnmnjbkytrlmwjlmtu4mgixnzhhmdlhzme5 AP

    She reportedly hasn’t spoken to police since being released from the hospital.

  4. More like it? Avs crush Canucks

    Oct 25, 2014, 12:00 AM EDT

    Florida Panthers v Colorado Avalanche Getty Images

    Semyon Varlamov’s first win of 2014-15 and Colorado’s first home victory.

  5. Video: Beauties from Perry, Eberle and Duchene

    Oct 24, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

    Sabers Ducks Hockey AP

    Actually, Taylor Hall probably deserves the most credit for Edmonton’s highlight goal.

  6. Fights: Salvador brawls with Roussel, Gudas and Byfuglien grapple

    Oct 24, 2014, 11:12 PM EDT

    New Jersey Devils v Tampa Bay Lightning Getty Images

    Somehow the latter fight didn’t leave a crater in the ice.

  7. Oh, shoot: Devils drop 18th shootout in a row

    Oct 24, 2014, 10:44 PM EDT

    New York Islanders v New Jersey Devils Getty Images

    The Dallas Stars get the extra point.

  8. Lightning lose Brown, Connolly for the night

    Oct 24, 2014, 10:29 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Lightning v Calgary Flames Getty Images

    Injuries continue to … strike Tampa Bay.

  9. Ondrej chases Ondrej: Jets’ Pavelec gets the hook

    Oct 24, 2014, 10:13 PM EDT

    Winnipeg Jets' goalie Ondrej Pavelec, of Czech Republic, stands in front of his goal before playing an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver, British Columbia on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck) AP

    Update: Vladislav Namestnikov was credited with the last goal.

  10. Report: Hamonic might miss Isles’ Saturday game

    Oct 24, 2014, 9:59 PM EDT

    New York Islanders v New York Rangers Getty Images

    On the bright side, Michael Grabner may resume skating soon.

  11. Video: Drouin scores first NHL goal, shows early chemistry with Stamkos

    Oct 24, 2014, 9:19 PM EDT

    J.T. Brown, Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Drouin AP

    Unfortunately, Tampa Bay might face another injury in J.T. Brown.

  12. Columbus activates Milano from IR, gets McElhinney back

    Oct 24, 2014, 8:13 PM EDT

    Sonny Milano Getty Images

    They send their 2014 first-rounder to the OHL.

  13. Struggling Sharks bump Pavelski down to third line

    Oct 24, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

    San Jose Sharks v New York Rangers Getty Images

    San Jose’s enjoyed such center depth before.

  14. Ghost Time: Flyers recall Gostisbehere from AHL

    Oct 24, 2014, 5:47 PM EDT

    Washington Capitals v Philadelphia Flyers Getty Images

    Highly-touted rearguard on his way to the bigs.

  15. With 3-on-3 overtime, only two out of 16 AHL games have gone to shootout

    Oct 24, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

    AHLlogo

    Hey, maybe the NHL should try 3-on-3 overtime.

  16. BizNasty signs with the Devils (the ones in Wales)

    Oct 24, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT

    Paul Bissonnette Getty Images

    Returns to the Cardiff team he played for during the lockout.

  17. Goalie nods: Gibson returns for Anaheim

    Oct 24, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT

    John Gibson Getty Images

    All the news and notes from the blue paint…

Featured video

Caps' 'culture change' proving positive

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. J. Spezza (3307)
  2. P. Stastny (2901)
  3. E. Kane (2855)
  4. V. Hedman (2811)
  5. J. Drouin (2557)
  1. E. Staal (2552)
  2. M. Gaborik (2468)
  3. C. Crawford (2364)
  4. P. Datsyuk (2231)
  5. S. Varlamov (2221)