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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

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

Defensemen

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

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Joakim Andersson, Tomas Jurco (conditioning in Grand Rapids), Brendan Smith (fighting Cyrus the Virus)

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

    Power-play Units:
    1st Unit: Abdelkader, Zetterberg, Nyquist, Kronwall, Green
    2nd Unit: Tatar, Datsyuk, Larkin, Kindl, Pulkkinen

Capitals Lineup

Forwards

Alexander Ovechkin Nicklas Backstrom TJ Oshie
Marcus Johansson Evgeny Kuznetsov Andre Burakovsky
Jason Chimera Jay Beagle Justin Williams
Brooks Laich Michael Latta Tom Wilson

Defensemen

Nate Schmidt John Carlson
Karl Alzner Matt Niskanen
Dmtri Orlov Taylor Chorney

Goaltenders

Braden Holtby
Philipp Grubauer

Fun Facts!

Red Wings all-time record against Washington: 48-42-16-2

Red Wings goals for per game (GF/G) against Washington: 3.23

Red Wings goals against per game (GA/G) against Washington: 3.26

Key Match-Ups:

Alexander Ovechkin vs Detroit Red Wings

I say this because the last time we saw the Capitals, Ovechkin tied his career-high shots on goal, which was 15. That's insane. The fact that he didn't score a goal was absolute wizardry, and if I was a betting man, if the Wings give him the same opportunity tonight, they might not be so fortunate. Whether it be even strength, or on the power-play, they need to shut this guy down. The good news is, I don't think we'll be seeing Luke Glendening against this line tonight. But you know, I've been wrong before. Actually many times before. That doesn't matter. Tonight I am right. Smooches.

Goaltending vs Goaltending

Petr Mrazek shut the hell out of the Capitals last time. He played a great game, and will need to bounce back after a disappointing loss against the Boston Bruins last Saturday. The Capitals are a top-ten team in terms of goal-scoring, and goals-against in the league, so if this game is to be won by Detroit, goaltending will need to be top-notch. Defense should probably be good, too. But hey, what do I know?

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