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Red Wings Final Preseason Game: What and Who to Look For



Ville Husso, Red Wings

Game Facts

Tonight: Maple Leafs at Detroit Red Wings

Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

When:  7  p.m., tonight

TV/Radio: Bally Sports/97.1

Things to Watch For

Coach Derek Lalonde said he wanted to use a regular lineup in his final preseason tune-up before launching the NHL season next week in New Jersey.  Lalonde said the only non-regulars he considered playing in the game were those on the bubble to making the team. But when the lineup was announced this morning, youngsters Simon Edvinsson and Nate Danielson were not playing.


Notable absentees in today’s lineup: Jonatan Berggren and Justin Holl . Could Berggren be the 13th forward this season? The Red Wings have seven veteran defensemen and one of them will have to sit out each game. Lalonde may alternate his healthy scratch on defense to rest players, or to prepare his team for specific opponents…

Lalonde said Friday that the Red Wings may not go with eight defensemen this season. “Probably seven, but we’ll see,” he said Friday. ” Right we’re going with 15 and 8… but roster-wise I don’t see us going to eight D to start  we have out initial game. But maybe. Everything is on the table. Three goalies are on the table, 13 forwards, eight D, everything. But I don’t foresee us going eight.”…

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Detroit’s No. 1 goalie Ville Husso will start today. He is expected to play the entire game.  The Red Wings want Husso to play 55 to 58 games this season…

The Red Wings lost 4-3 in overtime in Toronto on Thursday. First-round pick Danielson scored one of Detroit’s goals. He wasn’t one of the 14 players cut Friday…