Red Wings (47-15-9) at Thrashers (29-36-6)
Atlanta Outlook: Atlanta, ugh...where to start...The Thrashers are actually not as bad as it looks in the standings. Before Tuesday night, the Thrashers had won 6 straight games but were dismantled by the Penguins...but then again who aren't the Pens picking apart these days? The main problem for the Thrashers is that they just give up goals left and right. Having the second most goals allowed makes even Ilya Kovalchuck useless. Despite the recent surge by Atlanta, its obviously too little too late and this is gonna be a game of pride more than anything.
Detroit Outlook: The Wings have 3 straight wins and look for a fourth tonight. Ozzie has won those three games and I don't know if Babcock&Co. will start him again or not. I would imagine he starts given the amount of time off from Tuesday to tonight. We've been playing pretty well since the return of Hossa and Holmstrom and hopefully that will continue. We still have some problems defensively and give up too many goals but it could be worse. The Thrashers play aggressively at times and we can easily exploit that with the speed of plays like Hudler, Filppula, Datsyuk, and Hossa. Look for the Detroit trademark--superb passing--to play a big factor in putting pressure on the Thrashers.
What to look for: Look for a high scoring game. I could be wrong but the fact that the Red Wings scored the most goals per game and the Thrashers allow the second most per game makes me think that it could be an ugly-one for the home team. From Atlanta, look for Ilya Kovalchuck (if he plays following an injury), Rich Peverley, and former Red Wing and member of the Russian 5--Vyacheslav Kozlov. For Detroit look for Valterri Filppula, Nick Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, and Johan Franzen. Too much firepower for the Thrashers, Wings win.
Puck drops at 7:30 PM ET and as always, GO WINGS!
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