It’s another crucial game tonight for the Red Wings in their push to make the playoffs as they take on the Flames in Calgary. Detroit and Columbus and tied for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, two points up on Dallas and four ahead of Phoenix. After tonight, the Red Wings have five games left on the schedule.
Meanwhile, Detroit yesterday signed goaltender Jimmy Howard to a six-year contract extension. The deal is reportedly worth $31.8 million. And the NHL is finalizing plans to hold six outdoor games next season. The series will start with the New Year's Day Winter Classic, which was recently confirmed for Michigan Stadium between the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. That game was to be played this season, but was cancelled due to the NHL lockout. ESPN reports other outdoor games will be played in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Vancouver