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Red Wings at Devils: Gameday Updates

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Confirmed Line Combinations For Tonight

Red Wings' Lineup

Forwards

Dylan Larkin Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Darren Helm Pavel Datsyuk Brad Richards
Gustav Nyquist Riley Sheahan Tomas Tatar
Joakim Andersson Luke Glendening Tomas Jurco

Defensemen

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

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (no one has indicated that the lineups have changed, so everything below is speculation)

Injuries: Johan Franzen, Kyle Quincey, Drew Miller, Teemu Pulkkinen

Power-play Units:

1st unit: Dylan Larkin, Henrik Zetterberg, Justin Abdelkader, Niklas Kronwall, Gustav Nyquist

2nd unit: Tomas Tatar, Pavel Datsyuk, Riley Sheahan, Brad Richards, Mike Green

Devils' Lineup

Forwards

Mike Cammalleri Jacob Josefson Lee Stempniak
Jiri Tlusty Joe Blandisi Kyle Palmieri
Patrik Elias Sergey Kalinin Tyler Kennedy
Brian O'Neill Stephen Gionta Jordin Tootoo

Defensemen

Andy Greene Adam Larsson
John Moore Damon Severson
Eric Gelinas David Schlemko

Goaltenders

Cory Schneider
Keith Kinkaid

NOTE: There were no actual updates from Habs writers, just speculation that Nathan Beaulieu, and Christian Thomas may sit, while Charles Hudon and Greg Pateryn will play.

UPDATE: They are in. Lineups have been adjusted. Charles Hudon will make his NHL debut.

Update to the Update: No Hudon, Beaulieu, Thomas, or Pateryn against the Wings tonight unless one of them is traded to New Jersey in the next few hours.

Key Match-Ups

Special Teams

The Devils are without their two top centers, and the Wings will look to capitalize on that despite not having last change. However, the Devils are very strong on both the power play and penalty kill, while the Wings are hot garbage with the man advantage. Keeping the special teams even should give the Wings a good opportunity to win provided they are the better team at even strength.

Jeff Blashill vs John Hynes

While these two won't face each other directly, tonight sees the two youngest coaches in the NHL go against each other for the first time. Both were highly-sought after coaches who had success in the AHL, and both have guided their teams to stronger starts in the NHL while defying expectations (Hynes more so because the Devils were not supposed to be good at all).

Energy vs Fatigue

This is actually a carry-over match-up from yesterday, but this time the Red Wings are the tired team while the Devils are home and rested. The Wings had a good performance last night against the Canadiens, but haven't fared well in back-to-backs all year.