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Devils at Red Wings: Gameday Updates, Line Combinations, Key Matchups

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It was an optional skate this morning for the Red Wings. Jimmy Howard gets the start and Jonathan Ericsson is still out. No Xavier Ouellet or Tomas Nosek unless things change between now and puck drop.

According to the New Jersey diggers, Patrick Elias thinks he's playing, but the team says he isn't. So that's someone to keep an eye on as we get closer to game time.

Line Combinations

Red Wings Lineup

Forwards

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

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Danny DeKeyser
Brendan Smith Mike Green
Jakub Kindl Alexey Marchenko

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Tomas Nosek, Xavier Ouellet

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

Power-play units:

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

Devils Lineup

Forwards

Mike Cammalleri Adam Henrique Lee Stempniak
Jiri Tlusty Travis Zajac Kyle Palmieri
Sergey Kalinin Jacob Josefson Tyler Kennedy
Tuomo Ruutu Stephen Gionta Jordin Tootoo

Defensemen

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

Goaltenders

Cory Schneider
Keith Kinkaid

Fun Facts!

Red Wings all-time record against New Jersey: 45-36-11-2

Red Wings goals for per game (GF/G) against the Devils: 3.37

Red Wings goals against per game (GA/G) against the Devils: 3.17

Key Matchups

Red Wings centers vs Devils centers vs linesmen

If I learned anything, it's that faceoffs are key to everything. If you win a faceoff, it helps your possession stats because you have the puck and they don't. It's key on special teams because if you win a faceoff on the power play and you have the puck, you're more likely to score because you can shoot the puck or pass it around to your teammates and then maybe they shoot and score. On the PK, if you win the faceoff and you have the puck, you can clear it out of the zone and down the ice to prevent the other team from scoring. This all happens from winning a faceoff.

Red Wings vs Devils Forechecking

Let's Go Red Wings.