On Tuesday, the Detroit Red Wings will host the Minnesota Wild for the third of four meetings between the two teams this season. This is coming directly after the two teams played on Saturday, where the Wild recorded a 1-0 shutout with the help of a Dany Heatley goal in the opening period and strong goaltender play from Josh Harding. Detroit is in the middle of a four-game losing streak in which they've only scored four goals.
Harding made 36 saves against the Red Wings, who out-shot the Wild 36-20, but Heatley's wrist shot from Howard's left side over his right shoulder was just too good. Before that game, the Red Wings beat the Wild on Oct. 15 in a 3-2 overtime win. Minnesota is hoping to ride that win to a winning streak on Tuesday and find the consistency they've been looking for all year.
For the Red Wings, they've been outscored 16-4 over their last four games since starting the season 5-0. A 7-1 loss to the Washington Capitals set the tailspin in motion and now the Red Wings are making some changes to try and get back in the win column. They recalled Gustav Nyquist from the Grand Rapids Griffins and will probably place the skilled forward on one of the top two lines.
To make room, the team assigned Fabian Brunnstrom to Grand Rapids. Mike Commodore has been cleared to play following a sprained MCL, but it's unclear as to whether or not he'll return against the Wild. The game is set for 7:30 p.m. eastern and can be seen, as usual, on Fox Sports Detroit.