Update (3:28 PM): More from Khan on the injections Homer got. - Matt
Update (2:43 PM):
Holmstrom out tonight because of Sunvist injections to knees last Thursday. Expects to be ready to play this Thursday at Vancouver.
— Helene St. James (@freepwings) January 31, 2012
Apparently, he had a bad reaction to it. - Matt
Update (2:27 PM): Also, Tomas Holmstrom’s out and Mursak’s in. No word yet on why, though I’ve asked both Khan and St. James if it’s a scatch or an injury situation. - Matt
Update (2:11 PM): Roster update:
Howard starting vs. Flames….Commodore playing
— Ted Kulfan (@tkulfan) January 31, 2012
Thoughts so on Commie. Disappointing, though, about Jimmy. If they can’t start a backup the first game after their starter went to the All Star Game, when will they start him? - Matt
… This is the fourth and final matchup between the Wings and Flames this season. The Flames lead the series 2-1-0, with bookend wins in the three games played so far. The Wings won the middle game in late November.
… The Flames are 5-5-1 in January and 23-21-6 overall. That’s good for 11th in the West. But they’re just three points back of 8th place.
… Before the break, the Flames won two of their last three, but finished on a losing note at home against San Jose a week ago.
… Over the Break, they dealt Brendan Morrison to the Blackhawks, which is pretty good news for tonight, as he has 25 points in 43 career games against the Wings, but less than good news for the Central Division race.
… As George points out, the Calgary media’s putting some pressure on Mike Cammalleri, so watch him tonight.
… All Star Jerome Iginla crossed the 500 goal plateau earlier this month, but it hasn’t led to a real goal outburst, as he’s put the puck in the net just twice in 7 games since. Still, he’s annoying good against the Wings, with 54 points in 59 games, so he’ll be a threat tonight.
… The Flames will be without Derek Smith, David Moss, Alex Tanguay and Curtis Glencross.
… Presumably, Miikka Kiprusoff will start tonight for the Flames.
… The Wings will look to improve upon their 9-3-0 record in January and rebound from their awful showing in Montreal last week.
… The Central Race stands thus: the Wings at 67 points, the Blues at 65, and the Hawks and Predators at 64. Every point counts, especially with St. Louis now getting healthier.
… Thanks to the time difference, there’s no lineup news yet apart from the fact that Lidstrom will be back in, but it’s reasonable to assume Jakub Kindl will be out in favor of Mike Commodore thanks to his awful night in Montreal. And because it was a loss, Jan Mursak may get in over Cory Emmerton.
… There was some discussion of resting Jimmy Howard tonight, so it may be that Ty Conklin will be in net. If so, he needs to start swimming. Enough of this sink crap.
… The Flames are honoring Brad McCrimmon tonight, which is going to be emotional. Just going to their site and seeing the background tribute there is emotional.
… The Wings got their break and time with their families. Tonight they need to get back to business and start making this road troubles stuff right, regardless of who’s in the net.
Keep the lead.