The old timer Detroit Red Wings just got a little more seasoned.
Veteran forward Kris Draper and goalie Chris Osgood will both be in the lineup tonight as the Red Wings finish their three-game California trip in Los Angeles.
“This is kind of like a Disney movie,” Draper said, grinning. “Happy ending. Ozzie and I, coming out, back together again in L.A.”
Osgood will start in place of Jimmy Howard, who earned a well-deserved rest after stopping 41 shots to blank Anaheim 4-0 last night. It will be Osgood’s first start since Oct. 30 when he beat Nashville 5-2.
“I just want to get playing again,” he said. “I felt good prior to when I got hurt. Hopefully, I can pick up where I left off. That was the best I’ve felt for a while.”
There’s been no word on what line Draper will play on, though the likely scenario will be somewhere on the fourth line rotation with Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves, along with Jiri Hudler. With that in mind, Miller would be the likeliest to sit tonight, so if you’re looking for a prediction my bet is Draper playing with Helm and Eaves tonight.