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Red Wings at Oilers: Gameday Updates, Line Combinations, Key Match-ups

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Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Line Combinations

Red Wings Lineup (maybe.)

Forwards

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

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Mike Green
Kyle Quincey Jakub Kindl

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Brendan Smith, Joakim Andersson, Tomas Jurco

Injuries: Johan Franzen, Pavel Datsyuk

The Expected Oilers Lineup

Forwards

Taylor Hall Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Andrew Miller
Benoi Pouliot Connor McDavid Nail Yakupov
Lauri Korpikoski Anton Lander Teddy Purcell
Anton Slepyshev Mark Letestu Rob Klinkhamer

Defensemen

Oscar Klefbom Justin Schultz
Andrej Sekera Mark Fayne
Andrew Ference Eric Gryba

Goaltenders

Cam Talbot (starting)
Anders Nilsson

Scratches: Luke Gazdic, Brandon Davidson, Griffin Reinhart

Updates from the morning skate include Andrew Miller on the top line instead of Slepyshev, who goes to the fourth line over Dazdic and Andrew Ference in with Gryba for a banged-up Griffin Reinhart

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Fun facts!

Red Wings all-time record against Edmonton: 63-36-13-11

Red Wings goals for per game (GF/G) against Edmonton: 3.65

Red Wings goals against per game (GA/G) against Edmonton: 3.24

Data provided by hockeyreference.com

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Players to Watch:

For Detroit:

Tomas Tatar

Five shots in five games so far and no goals, but Tatar is showing signs of getting ready to break into the scoring column. The Wings need more depth scoring and he's going to be a big key to making that happen. Tatar sometimes falls into the habit of demanding one more stickhandle when he should be putting it on net. If he can simplify a bit while keeping his uptempo play going, he should find success soon.

For Edmonton:

Connor McDavid

Who the hell else would I use here? The kid is good. He's real good. He's absolutely worth the #1 overall pick the Oilers used on him. Good for him.

Key Match-ups:

Dylan Larkin vs. Connor McDavid.

Our guy is still just a dark horse candidate in terms of rookie of the year consideration and he's up against the kid who's starting to find his stride. They may not play much against one another head-to-head, but it's a fun storyline to track and one that I honestly do think Larkin's got a good shot on any given night to come out ahead on.

Defense vs. Defense.

Neither team has an awe-inspiring blueline corps and it's pretty well expected there are going to be a lot of mistakes between these two squads while the scoring forwards look to exploit those weaknesses. This game very much could come down to a battle of which team makes fewer boneheaded mistakes and the blue line is the front line on that battle.

Let's Go Red Wings!!!