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PREVIEW: Red Wings host Wild for Hockeytown Halloween Saturday night

By on October 29, 2022 0

DETROIT– There will be plenty of tricks and treats at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday night when the Detroit Red Wings host the Minnesota Wild for a special Hockeytown Halloween game.

The face-off between Detroit (3-2-2; 8 points) and Minnesota (3-3-1; 7 points) is scheduled for 7 p.m., with coverage airing on Bally Sports Detroit and the Red Wings Radio Network (97 ,1 The Ticket in Detroit).

Fans are encouraged to wear their costumes for an arena-wide costume contest and can enjoy a variety of Halloween-themed activities in the Via lobby, including face painting, giveaways sweets and photo ops with traveling actors. Halloween-specific drinks will also be sold.

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While the atmosphere will be scary in the lobby, for Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde, Saturday’s game against the visiting Wild is an opportunity to “find that consistency.”

“We showed signs of being able to compete with the best in the league,” said Lalonde. “Now it’s just having this formula for an entire match.”

Reflecting on Thursday’s 5-1 road loss to the Boston Bruins, Lalonde said the end result was hard to digest.

“It eluded us on special teams, which makes the result very frustrating,” Lalonde said. “Having said that, we’re still trying to develop an identity and a formula where we can be successful. You’ve seen that through two periods.”

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Minnesota extended its point streak to four games Thursday with a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. Led by Mats Zuccarello (5-6-11) and Kirill Kaprizov (5-5-10), the Wild are averaging 3.71 goals per game in seven games, fifth-best in the NHL this season. Goaltenders Marc-André Fleury and Filip Gustavsson combined for a 4.47 goals-against-average.

Detroit and Minnesota will play once again this season, facing off at the Xcel Energy Center on Dec. 14.

Rasmussen suspended two games for a high stick

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced Friday that Michael Rasmussen was suspended for two games, without pay, for Bruins forward David Krejci during Thursday night’s game in Boston.

In seven games, the 23-year-old Rasmussen has registered one goal and four assists.

Smith recalled from Grand Rapids

With Rasmussen unavailable on Saturday, the Red Wings recall Givani Smith Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.Smith has played 83 games for Detroit over the past three seasons, including a career-high 46 games in the 2021-22 campaign.

“I’m just going to play my game,” Smith said after practice Saturday morning. “I don’t know how long I’m here, but I’m going to have fun and play hockey.”

Smith, 24, has one assist in three games for the Griffins this season.