Mrazek starts for the Red Wings, after Howard comes down with the flu.
Mrazek will be a late change to the Red Wings lineup in a crucial game vs. the Blue Jackets. He is 1-3-0 with a 1.64 GAA and .924 SV% with Detroit tonight. He has gone 18-5-1 with a 2.01 GAA and .928 SV% with Grand Rapids. Get Howie out of your lineup.
Howard gave up three goals on 31 shots in a 3-0 loss to the Rangers on Sunday. It was a lackluster performance by the Red Wings as a group, but it was the third game in a row that Howie has given up three-plus goals. He will take on the Blue Jackets in a game with huge playoff implications for both teams.
The Red Wings have recalled Cory Emmerton from Grand Rapids (AHL).
Detroit lost another centreman when Joakim Andersson broke his foot in Sunday's loss to the Rangers, so Emmerton has been recalled to centre the fourth line while Andersson sits for the next 2-3 weeks. Emmerton has two assists in 11 games with the Red Wings this season. While with the Griffins, he has totaled 14 goals and 21 assists (35 points) in 43 games.
Howard allowed three goals on 25 shots in a 3-2 OT loss to the Avalanche on Thursday. He was given Thursday night off, but will be back in the crease Sunday afternoon when the Wings host the Rangers. Detroit is clinging to the final wild card spot in the East so they need a big day from Howie.
Franzen continues to sizzle after returning from concussion.
Franzen missed 23 of 24 games with concussion-like symptoms, but has been on fire since returning to the Red Wings lineup on Feb 26. He has six goals, five assists (11 points) and plus-6 rating in five games. Franzen has also shown instant chemistry with recently acquired centre David Legwand. which is big for the Red Wings playoff push.
Helm will be out at least another week with concussion-like symptoms.
Helm said he hit his head on the ice in Ottawa last Thursday and left Tuesday's game early with headaches. Helm will miss at least the next three games, the Red Wings are hoping that he is not sidelined for longer.
Kindl has missed the last seven games with a sore knee, but will replace Brian Lashoff on the Red Wings blue line tonight vs. the Devils. Kindl has registered one goal and 10 assists with a minus-11 rating in 50 games this season.
Gustavsson starts the second game of the back-to-back for Detroit.
Gustavsson stopped 37 of 38 shots in a win over the Senators last Thursday. The Red Wings are coming off of a disappointing OT loss to the Avs last night, so Gustavsson will look to right the ship tonight vs. the Devils. The Wings blew a third period lead against New Jersey on Tuesday, they will look to finish things out with two points tonight with 'The Monster' between the pipes.
The Red Wings have recalled Teemu Pulkkinen from Grand Rapids (AHL).
Pulkkinen was selected in the fourth-round (111th overall) in 2010. He is in his first full season with Grand Rapids after playing with Jokerit Helsinki of the SM-liiga from 2008-13. In 58 games this season Pulkkinen has recorded 24 goals and 25 assists (49 points) in 58 games. As of right now it would seem he is doubtful to make his NHL debut tonight, but with the youth movement going on in Detroit because of injuries, don't be surprised to see him in the boxscore soon.
Howard surrendered four goals on 29 shots in a 4-3 come-from-behind loss to the Devils on Tuesday. It was a tough loss that bounced the Red Wings from the final playoff spot in the East. Howie gets the nod on Nicklas Lidstrom night in Detroit vs. Colorado. He is 1-1-0 with a 2.42 GAA and .898 SV% since the Olympics.