Pretty much every game at this point is a must-have for the Detroit Red Wings. They are going to get a massive test on Sunday afternoon when they take on the Central Division leading Minnesota Wild.

That test is going to be a little bit more difficult with the news from general manager Ken Holland that forward Thomas Vanek will not be in the lineup today due to an ankle injury.

He played 14 minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, scoring the team’s only goal.

When healthy this season Vanek has been one of the few bright spots for a Red Wings team that enters the day in last place in the Eastern Conference.