clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Red Wings Back On The Ice Tonight Against Calgary

(Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames will aim for their first three-game winning streak of the young season when they visit the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

After beating Edmonton, 5-3, in Saturday's home test, the Flames kicked off a three-game road trip with Tuesday's 1-0 overtime win in Nashville. Calgary will complete the swing tomorrow evening in Columbus and then return to the Saddledome for a five-game homestand.

Calgary was 20-15-6 as the visiting team last year and is off to a 1-1-0 start on the road in 2010-11.

Rene Bourque's first goal of the season was also the only tally in Tuesday's victory over the Predators. Bourque beat Pekka Rinne with a backhand at 2:10 of overtime to lead the Flames to their third victory in four games.

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped all 34 shots he faced to notch the 35th shutout of his career.

The Flames picked up a player off waivers since the win over the Preds, claiming defenseman Brendan Mikkelson from Anaheim. The 23-year-old Mikkelson, who has joined his new team in Detroit, had one assist in five games with the Ducks this year.

The Red Wings haven't played since Saturday night when they recorded a dramatic victory in Phoenix. Niklas Kronwall scored with 18 seconds left in overtime to lift Detroit to a 2-1 win over the Coyotes -- the team the Red Wings ousted from the first round of last year's playoffs.

Skating 4-on-3 in the overtime session, Henrik Zetterberg sent a hard pass from the low left circle to the slot, where Kronwall one-timed it through a screen and into the left corner of the net for the win.

"We kept shooting the puck and it finally went in," said Kronwall. "We were getting frustrated all night, but we kept at it and we were able to pull out the win."

Pavel Datsyuk scored the goal in regulation while Jimmy Howard turned aside 25 shots for the Red Wings.

Tonight marks the first test of a four-game homestand for the Red Wings, who are 1-0-1 at the Joe this year. Detroit had a solid 25-10-6 record as the host during the 2009-10 campaign.

The Red Wings are expected to have forward Johan Franzen back in the lineup tonight after he missed one game with what was deemed a mild concussion. Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (back) and forward Justin Abdelkader (ribs) are questionable for tonight.

Meanwhile, it was announced Wednesday that veteran forward Kris Draper will miss the next four-to-six weeks after being diagnosed with a hernia that will require surgery. The 39-year-old Draper has yet to play in a game this season.

Calgary and the Red Wings split four meetings last year, but Detroit has taken seven out of 12 overall in the series. However, the Flames have taken three straight in the Motor City.