While the Detroit Red Wings will be playing from a lower seed in the playoffs than the division champions, they continue to prove they are still among the league's best teams as the regular season winds down.
The Red Wings have struggled during the season, mainly due to injuries to core players, but for the most part the team is back to full strength. Only Darren Helm remains missing from the lines.
Detroit will have another chance at beating a playoff team when the New Jersey Devils come to town on Thursday, April 5. With the No. 4 seed on the line in the Western Conference, the Red Wings continue to play for a purpose before the real fun begins.
The Detroit Red Wings will take on the New Jersey Devils at the Joe Louis Arena located in Detroit, Mich. on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Detroit comes into the game having won their last two games and with a 48-27-5 record. They are 31-6-2 on their home ice and have won four of their last 10 games.
New Jersey enters the matchup having won their last four games and with a 46-28-6 record. They are 23-15-2 on the road and have won six of their last 10 games.
The season series:
This is the first meeting between the two teams this season.
Where to watch:
The game can be watched live nationwide with NHL Center Ice or--
In Detroit: FSD
In New Jersey: MSG+
The season statistic leaders:
Detroit: Jimmy Howard- 2.13 GAA, Johan Franzen- 28 goals, Pavel Datsyuk- 48 assists, Henrik Zetterberg- 68 points.
New Jersey: Johan Hedberg- 2.23 GAA, Ilya Kovalchuk- 35 goals, Patrik Elias- 50 assists, Ilya Kovalchuk- 81 points.
Injuries to note:
Detroit: Darren Helm (sprained MCL), Joey MacDonald (bulging disc), Patrick Eaves (fractured jaw, post-concussion symptoms).
New Jersey: Jacob Josefson (fractured left wrist), David Clarkson (lower-body injury), Henrik Tallinder (blood clot, lower leg).
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