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Red Wings vs. Sabres Gameday Updates, Line Combinations, Key Matchups

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Red Wings Expected Lineups

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

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Jakub Kindl

Injuries: Drew Miller (jaw), Teemu Pulkkinen (shoulder), Johan Franzen (concussion), Kyle Quincey (ankle)

Sabres Expected Lineups

Forwards

Jamie McGinn Ryan O'Reilly Sam Reinhart
Evander Kane Jack Eichel Matt Moulson
Zemgus Girgensons Johan Larsson Brian Gionta
Nicolas Deslauriers David Legwand Marcus Foligno

Defensemen

Josh Gorges Rasmus Ristolainen
Carlo Colaiacovo Zach Bogosian
Mike Weber Cody Franson

Goaltenders

Linus Ullmark (starting)
Chad Johnson

Key Match-Ups

Petr Mrazek vs. Rasmus Ristolainen

Yes, we have to worry about shutting down a defenseman. Ristolainen had three assists the last time these two teams met and recently had a hat trick for the Sabres. He's having a good December.

Evander Kane vs. Henrik Zetterberg

Kane played like a real jerk last time around and played a key role in the Sabres being able to drive that game to OT by roughing up the Wings' captain and somehow earning Buffalo a power play out of the whole ordeal. Somebody is going to have to keep him in line in this game. Hopefully it will be the refs.

Detroit vs. Aggressive Forechecking

The Wings have struggled with defensive turnovers lately. That's got to stop.