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

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Line Combinations

Red Wings Lineup (Optional skate today, this is a speculated lineup)

Forwards

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

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Alexey Marchenko
Brendan Smith Jakub Kindl

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Jakub KindlTomas Jurco

Injuries: Johan Franzen, Pavel Datsyuk, Brad Richards, Mike Green, Kyle Quincey

Power-play units:

1st Unit: Henrik Zetterberg, Gustav Nyquist, Justin Abdelkader (net-front), Niklas Kronwall, Jakub Kindl

2nd Unit: Tomas Tatar, Dylan Larkin, Teemu Pulkkinen, Riley Sheahan (net-front), Brendan Smith

Canucks Lineup

Forwards

Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Radim Vrbata
Alexandre Burrows Brandon Sutter
Jannik Hansen
Sven Baertschi Bo Horvat Jake Virtanen
Brandon Prust Jared McCann Derek Dorsett

Defensemen

Dan Hamhuis Chris Tanev
Alexander Edler Matt Bartkowski
Ben Hutton Luca Sbisa

Goaltenders

Ryan Miller (starting)
Richard Bachman

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Fun facts!

Red Wings all-time record against Vancouver: 87-55-18-6

Red Wings goals for per game (GF/G) against Vancouver: 3.56

Red Wings goals against per game (GA/G) against Vancouver: 3.16

Data provided by hockeyreference.com

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Players to Watch:

For Detroit:

Petr Mrazek

It's pretty clear that the team is still adjusting, and getting used to a new way of playing. They're getting outshot left and right. If that trend is to continue, then Mrazek is going to need to steal this game. The team needs their confidence back, and winning is the best way to do that.

For Vancouver:

Goons

We saw Calgary goon it up yesterday, and it changed the tone of the game. Usually I don't condone these things, but if someone is going to throw a questionable hit, someone needs to answer for it. Preferably by scoring a lot.

Key Match-ups:

Sedin Twins vs. Gustav Nyquist and Henrik Zetterberg

Usually this match-up would be between the Sedin Twins, and the Euro Twins, but we can't have that tonight (sad face.) Through seven games, the Sedins have combined for nine points. On the other side, Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist have 15 combined points. The Sedins are a duo that can make plays off of complete utter, nonsensical, and brotherly chemistry. As usual, the top line will have their hands full now that the Canucks have a proven goal-scorer next to the Twins in Radim Vrbata.

Let's Go Red Wings!!!