Goaltending match-up: Jimmy Howard (32/35, .914 SV%) vs. Antti Niemi (26/28, .929 SV%)
Combos: Todd Bertuzzi – Pavel Datsyuk – Danny Cleary/ Valtteri Filppula – Henrik Zetterberg – Jiri Hudler/ Drew Miller – Darren Helm – Justin Abdelkader/ Tomas Holmstrom – Cory Emmerton– Jan Mursak/ Niklas Kronwall – Brad Stuart/ Kyle Quincey – Ian White/ Brendan Smith – Doug Janik
Scratches: Kindl, Lidstrom, Ericsson, Franzen, MacDonald
Top PP times: Kronwall (2:33), Datsyuk, Holmstrom, Zetterberg (2:17), White (2:08)
Trending: The Wings got Pavel Datsyuk (1G, 19:10 TOI, 1 SOG) back tonight. Niklas Kronwall (1A, -1, no SOG) came into tonight five shy of last year’s mark of 37 points. Valtteri Filppula (1G, 2 PIM, 1:43 PP, 3 SOG) began the evening two shy of the 60-point level and had 12 points in nine games coming in.
Combos: Logan Couture – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski/ Ryane Clowe – Patrick Marleau – Martin Havlat/ Daniel Winnik – Dominic Moore – Torrey Mitchell/ Benn Ferriero – Andrew Desjardins – Brad Winchester/ Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Dan Boyle/ Douglas Murray – Brent Burns/ Jason Demers – Justin Braun
Scratches: Vandermeer, White, Handzus, Galiardi, Wingels
Top PP times: Thornton (3:53), Boyle (3:40), Pavelski (3:33), Couture (3:22), Havlat (3:08)
Trending: This was Martin Havlat’s (2G, +2, 5 SOG) second game back and first pointage, including the OT GWG. Logan Couture (1A, -1, 4 SOG) began this, his 69th start, with the same 56 points he had in 79 affairs last year. Patrick Marleau (1A, +1, 3:02 PP, 1 SOG) has a four-game point streak going, while Joe Pavelski (1G, -1, 6 SOG) had just two points on the month before tonight. Joe Thornton (1A, -1, 1 SOG) had tallied eight points in five tries before this evening.