The Detroit Red Wings look to rebound tonight against the Nashville Predators and pick up some points in what is a very important game with regards to the standings. Their Central Division foes currently sit three points above the Wings as the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference standings. Netminder Jimmy Howard will get the start in goal. The only change in the lineup tonight will be swapping defenseman Brett Lebda in for Jonathan Ericsson.
Trade Deadline Update
- On Wednesday, the Wings made two minor moves before the 3 p.m. EST trade deadline.
- First, the Wings swapped forward Kris Newbury for Jordan Owens of the N.Y. Rangers.
- Later in the day, Detroit traded Griffins’ defenseman Andy Delmore to Calgary for right wing Riley Armstrong.
- Both trades were with AHL players and done with the hopes of sparking the Griffins, according to The Grand Rapids Press.
- Babcock’s Death Stare reacted to the Wings’ trade.
In Other Red Wings News
- DRW.com talked to the Wings’ non-Olympians about what they did during the Olympic Break.
- Detroit may have put in an “unacceptable” showing, as head coach Mike Babcock described, against Vancouver on Wednesday night, but forward Henrik Zetterberg did score his 200th goal in the 6-3 loss.
- Babcock expressed his frustration with the disappointing loss. Babcock explained to MLive.com that the Wings have no more excuses now that they have a healthy roster. Captain Nick Lidstrom told the Detroit Free Press that the Wings would not make the playoffs if they continued to play like that.
- The DRW bloggers weren’t pleased with the effort either: DetroitHockey.net, Eight Legged Freaks, Fight Night at the Joe, Hockeytown USA, Motown Wings, On the Wings, Red Wings Blog, Snapshots, Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle, The Triple Deke, Winging It In Motown, and Word on a Wing.
- An ESPN.com writer wonders if having Mike Babcock, GM Ken Holland, and vice president Steve Yzerman distracted by the Winter Olympics affected the Red Wings’ play this season.