For the second weekend in a row, the Red Wings are looking at back-to-back games featuring a matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes. This time the Wings are hosting the Canes in the first game of the set.
Detroit will roll the same lineup as they used to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-1 on Tuesday night. Forward Johan Franzen has been placed on short-term IR with the return of his concussion-like symptoms. Luke Glendening, after sitting out Thursday’s practice, is good to go. Neither Darren Helm nor Danny DeKeyser are ready to make their first appearance of the season, though both are possible for Saturday in Montreal.
Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal, marking the first time in the young season that the Red Wings go with the same goalie for consecutive games. Petr Mrazek will get consecutive starts in Montreal and Edmonton.
Stupid stat of the day: This marks the fifth time since 2000 that the Red Wings have faced the same team twice in the first four games of the season. It’s just the second time that it was not part of back-to-backs. The first was last year against Boston.
Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.