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Red Wings vs Hurricanes: Gameday Updates, Line Combinations, Key Match-ups

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Line Combinations

Red Wings Lineup (Confirmed)

Forwards

Justin Abdelkader Henrik Zetterberg Dylan Larkin
Tomas Tatar Brad Richards Gustav Nyquist
Johan Franzen Riley Sheahan Teemu Pulkkinen
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Landon Ferraro

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Mike Green
Brendan Smith Jakub Kindl

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Alexey Marchenko, Joakim Andersson, Tomas Jurco

Injuries: Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm

No-Man's Land: Daniel Cleary (he has been waived, but he isn't in Grand Rapids, so...?)

Power Play Units:

  • Franzen-Zetterberg-Abdelkader (net front) Kronwall, Kindl
  • Tatar-Nyquist-Sheahan (net front) Green, Richards
  • Hurricanes Lineup (Confirmed)

    Forwards

    Eric Staal Victor Rask Elias Lindholm
    Nathan Gerbe Jordan Staal Kris Versteeg
    Jeff Skinner Riley Nash Chris Terry
    Joakim Nordstrom Jay McClement Andrej Nestrasil


    Defensemen

    Ron Hainsey Justin Faulk
    John-Michael Liles Michal Jordan
    Noah Hanifin Ryan Murphy


    Goaltenders

    Cam Ward (Starting)
    Eddie Lack

    Players to Watch:

    For Detroit:

    I have a feeling the players to watch tonight will be Gustav Nyquist, and Tomas Tatar. They had strong games last night, but failed to produce any points.

    Additionally, we saw the first sample of defenseman Mike Green last night. He posted one assist, and saw over 20 minutes of TOI. His partner, Kyle Quincey, also looked pretty sharp. I think both players are due for another efficient, puck-moving game.

    For Carolina:

    Big fan of Jeff Skinner. He's a pure goal-scorer, and can seemingly make goals happen with very little space. His linemate Victor Rask is also a very prominent player who is coming off of a successful rookie season. The third line will have it's hands full this evening.

    Key Match-ups:

      The obvious choice here is the top-six. Detroit has a favorable situation with their top line who came out guns blazing last night to score all four goals. Carolina's top line isn't bad, but I think it's lesser competition than what the Leafs had out there before Babcock fired up his blender.
      Another favorable match-up? Goalies. Carolina will be starting Cam Ward, who is a goalie trying to find his traction again. Detroit counters with 23-year-old Petr Mrazek, who had an impressive outing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It will be Petr's first start of the season, so we'll see how he reacts.