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

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Just an optional skate this morning for the Red Wings. Status quo on the lines from our morning preview post.


Line Combinations

Red Wings Lineup

Forwards

Justin Abdelkader Henrik Zetterberg Dylan Larkin
Brad Richards Pavel Datsyuk Teemu Pulkkinen
Gus Nyquist Riley Sheahan Tomas Tatar
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Darren Helm

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser Jonathan Ericsson
Brendan Smith Alexey Marchenko

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Tomas Jurco (forgot to take out the trash/conditioning stint), Joakim Andersson, Jakub Kindl

Injuries: Kyle Quincey, Landon Ferraro, Johan Franzen

Power-play units:

  1. Nyquist-Zetterberg-Abdelkader, Tatar-Kronwall
  1. Pulkkinen-Datsyuk-Larkin, Richards-Green

Kings Lineup

Forwards

Tanner Pearson Anze Kopitar Marian Gaborik
Milan Lucic Jeff Carter Tyler Toffoli
Dustin Brown Nick Shore Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford Andy Andreoff Jordan Nolan

Defensemen

Brayden McNabb Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin Alec Martinez
Derek Forbort Jamie McBain

Goaltenders

Jonathan Quick
Jhonas Enroth

Fun Facts!

Red Wings all-time record against Los Angeles: 85-80-27-2

Red Wings goals for per game (GF/G) against the Kings: 3.46

Red Wings goals against per game (GA/G) against the Kings: 3.47

Key Match-ups

Anze Kopitar vs Datsyuk or Zetterberg

I'm going to guess that Koptiar will be given the task to shut down one of the Wings old stars. I'm also going to guess he'll go up against the Zetterberg line. It's the more lethal of the two lines thanks to Larkin. Kopitar is all-world two-way player and probably should have a Selke by now.

Kings offense vs Petr Mrazek

In Mrazek's last 4 starts, the Wings offense has given one goal of support in each game (the team is 1-2-1 in those games). I would like to think the offense will score more than one goal tonight, but I'm surely not going to hold my breath on that one. Mrazek is going to have to stand on his head and shut down LA's offense.