Detroit clinched a playoff spot with their most recent win, a 7-2 skills contest over the same Blue Jackets on Monday March 26th. It is the 21st straight trip to the playoffs for the Red Wings, which means that playoff streak is now old enough to buy an alcoholic beverage. Cheers!
A few injury & lineup updates for tonight's game, courtesy of MLive's Ansar Khan...
Ericsson said he is playing tonight. He's been out since Feb 25 with fractured wrist. Kindl is out
(Babcock) confirmed that Howard not playing tonight and reiterated there is no way he will play Friday vs. Nashville
Franzen, back after missing 4 games, will play on line with Datsyuk and Bertuzzi. Nyquist will play with Emmerton and Holmstrom
Wings' lineup tonight: 51-40-26, 93-13-44, 20-8-11, 14-48-96; 5-18, 55-23, 27-52; 29/36
For your viewing pleasure, highlights from the last time the Wings visited Nationwide Arena, Feb 28th 2012.
And finally, for this day in Red Wings History. March 28th, 1950, Gordie Howe suffered a skull fracture when he’s accidentally checked into the boards during Game 1 of the semifinal series with Toronto at Olympia Stadium.