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

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Line Combinations

Red Wings Lineup

Forwards

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

Defensemen

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

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Landon Ferraro

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

Power-play units:

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

2nd Unit: Dylan Larkin, Teemu Pulkkinen, Riley Sheahan, Darren Helm (net-front), Jakub Kindl

Hurricanes Lineup

Forwards

Eric Staal Victor Rask Elias Lindholm
Nathan Gerbe Jordan Staal Brock McGinn
Jeff Skinner Riley Nash Kris Versteeg
Brad Malone Jay McClement Chris Terry

Defensemen

Ron Hainsey Justin Faulk
John-Michael Liles Bret Pesce
Noah Hanifin Ryan Murphy

Goaltenders

Cam Ward
Eddie Lack

Fun Facts!

The Red Wings have never once lost in overtime or a shootout against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Red Wings all-time record against Carolina: 39-28-8-0

Red Wings goals for per game (GF/G) against Carolina: 3.28

Red Wings goals against per game (GA/G) against Carolina: 2.96

Data provided by hockeyreference.com

Players to Watch

For Detroit: Tomas Jurco

Jeff Blashill answered pretty frankly the other day about why Jurco hasn't been in the lineup. Blashill wasn't satisfied with the way Jurco was skating - he felt he was capable of more. Jurco strikes me as a competitive kid, and tonight will be a big test to see if he responds the way Blashill and the fanbase as a whole is hoping. With Richards, Franzen, and Datsyuk all still out of the lineup for at least a couple weeks, the opportunity is there for Jurco to grab a prime spot in the lineup. It's up to him to do the rest.

For Carolina: Cam Ward

Goaltending has been a constant problem for Carolina the past few years, and it's made them turn in worse results than they're capable of. We've seen in the two games against Carolina that they're very capable of controlling play, and yet Detroit still won game 2 on the back of 4 goals on just 19 shots on Cam Ward.

Key Match-up

Red Wings vs Starting on Time

Will the Red Wings look like the better team in the first 10 minutes? That's been a rarity so far this season, and once the ice is tilted against you it's hard to tilt it back. This is Detroit's first game back from a west coast trip which occasionally provides trouble early on, and they can't afford to keep playing from behind and without the puck.

Let's Go Red Wings!!