Winter Classic … This and that

ANN ARBOR — The Wings hope to have Daniel Alfredsson in the lineup. He was a last minute scratch Monday suffering from back spasms. If he can’t, Patrick Eaves will take his spot in the lineup. Mikael Samuelsson will be a healthy scratch.

— Goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin) said he’s day-to-day and won’t dress as the backup.

— Johan Franzen is still a ‘ways away’ according to general manager Ken Holland. “He’s getting better every day, but until you see him practice with us every day for three of four days. I don’t know that he’s that far away, but he’s away.”

— Goalie Petr Mrazek has decided against wearing his customized snowman pads to backup. Mrazek wasn’t able to take part in Grand Rapids’ outdoor game since he was backing up in Nashville. “That’s how it is,” he said. “I’ve just got to stay positive and keep working hard.”

— The game is a sellout with 105,500 tickets sold according to NHL COO John Collins. That’ll set a world record, breaking the previous mark of 104,173 for The Big Chill at the Big House between Michigan and Michigan State.


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