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

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Line Combinations

Red Wings' Lineup

Forwards

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

 

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser Jonathan Ericsson
Jakub Kindl Alexey Marchenko

 

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (Starting)
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Tomas Jurco, Brendan Smith

Injuries: Pavel Datsyuk, Kyle Quincey, Brad Richards, Johan Franzen, Landon Ferraro

Power-play units:

  1. Green, Nyquist, Zetterberg, Kronwall, Abdelkader (net-front)
  2. Tatar, Sheahan (net-front), Pulkkinen, Kindl, Larkin

 

 

Washington's Lineup

Forwards

Alex Ovechkin Evgeny Kuznetsov T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson Nicklas Backstrom Andre Burakovsky
Jason Chimera Michael Latta Justin Williams
Brooks Laich Chandler Stephenson Tom Wilson

Defensemen

Brooks Orpik John Carlson
Karl Alzner Matt Niskanen
Dmitri Orlov Nate Schmidt

 

Goaltenders

Braden Holtby
Philipp Grubauer

 

 

Fun Facts!

Red Wings all-time record against Washington: 47-42-16-2

Red Wings goals for per game (GF/G) against Washington: 3.25

Red Wings goals against per game (GA/G) against Washington: 3.29

Data provided by hockeyreference.com

Key Match-ups

Red Wings vs. Alexander Ovechkin

We all know who Ovechkin is. He's in the upper-echelon of all-time goal-scorers, and he has a chance to become tops in terms of Russian goal-scorers in front of the man who currently holds the record with his next goal. He's a damn freak of nature, and will be hell-on-wheels tonight. Stop Ovechkin, and you can stop the Capitals.

Mike Green vs. His Old Team

Just going with the narrative here. Mike Green played with Washington for a decade, and now he's with the Red Wings. It would be pretty cool to see him rip a power-play goal tonight.

Update on Pavel Datsuk (keep your fingers crossed):