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

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It was an optional skate for the Wings this morning in Winnipeg. Quite frankly, it should've been a bag skate at the MTS Centre. I don't care if they're playing back-to-back. Last night was bad. Still no update on any lineup changes. Jeff Blashill is going to wait until before the game to make that call.

Line Combinations

Red Wings Lineup

Forwards

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

Defensemen

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

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Eric Tangradi, Luke Glendening (ill)

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

Jets Lineup

Forwards

Drew Stafford Bryan Little Blake Wheeler
Andrew Ladd Adam Lowry Alex Burmistrov
Nikolaj Ehlers Mathieu Perreault Chris Thorburn
Matt Halischuk Andrew Copp Joel Armia

Defensemen

Jacob Trouba Dustin Byfuglien
Tobias Enstrom Tyler Myers
Mark Stuart Ben Chiarot

Goaltenders

Connor Hellebuyck
Michael Hutchinson

Fun Facts!

Red Wings all-time record against Atlanta/Winnipeg: 11-5-0-2

Red Wings goals for per game (GF/G) against the new Jets: 4.11

Red Wings goals against per game (GA/G) against the new Jets: 3.11

Key Matchups

Red Wings special teams vs Jets special teams

The Jets power play ranks 29th in the league and their penalty kill is 26th. They're near the bottom of the league in both categories. The Wings are middle in the pack on the PP and 10th on the PK. Not outstanding by any means, but better than Winnipeg. Take advantage of this and the Wings could find themselves with 2 points.

Blake Wheeler vs Red Wings defense

I'll admit, I don't know much about the Jets. I do know that Wheeler is their leading scorer though. I think it's key to not let him put up any points. He only has 10 goals, but 4 of them have come on special teams (2 PPG, 2 SHG). He seems like a threat in all areas of the game. The Wings defense should probably keep an eye on him.