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

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Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Line Combinations

Red Wings' Lineup

Forwards

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

Defensemen

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

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Tomas Jurco, Joakim Andersson, Brendan Smith

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

Power-play units:

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

Sharks Lineup

Forwards

Melker Karlsson Joe Thornton Joe Pavelski
Nikolay Goldobin Patrick Marleau Joel Ward
Joonas Donskoi Tomas Hertl Tommy Wingels
Matthew Nieto Chris Tierny Mike Brown

Defensemen

Paul Martin Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon Matt Tennyson

Goaltenders

Martin Jones
Alex Stalock

Fun Facts!

Red Wings all-time record against San Jose: 52-26-4-4

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

Red Wings goals against per game (GA/G) against San Jose: 2.72

Key Match-ups

2nd Line vs Whichever Line It's Up Against

Larkin will now be centering his own line with Tatar and Nyquist on his wings, and that is what we call pure unadulterated excitement. Lots of speed, lots of skill, lots of scoring potential. Surely whoever is matched up against that line will have their hands full.

Special Teams vs Special Teams

San Jose is in the bottom for both special teams so far this year, yes even worse than Detroit. Assuming the Wings get some more favorable calls than they have in recent games, they could put this one away with some efficient penalty killing, and play on the man advantage.