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

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Expected Lineups (Subject To Change)

Forwards

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

Defensemen

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

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Petr Mrazek

Power Play Units

  1. Nyquist-Zetterberg-Abdelkader-Richards-Kronwall
  2. Tatar-Datsyuk-Sheahan-Pulkkinen-Green

Scratches: Jakub Kindl, Joakim Andersson, Tomas Jurco

Injuries: Johan FranzenKyle Quincey

The Expected Coyotes Lineup

Forwards

Tobias Rieder Martin Hanzal Mikkel Boedker
Max Domi Antoine Vermette Anthony Duclair
Jordan Martinook Dustin Jeffrey Craig Cunningham
Brad Richardson Boyd Gordon Kyle Chipchura

Defensemen

Oliver Ekman-Larsson Michael Stone
Klas Dahlbeck Zbynek Michalek
Nicklas Grossmann Connor Murphy

Goaltenders

Mike Smith
Anders Lindback

Let's Go Red Wings!!!

Key Match-ups

Double-D vs. Double-Ds

Danny DeKeyser versus Domi and Duclair. Can the young(ish) defenseman help stop the young Coyotes phenoms in this game? This should be a fun and jiggly matchup to watch.

Justin Abdelkader vs. Shane Doan

Ever since it hit me the other day that Justin Abdelkader's best case scenario is becoming the next Shane Doan, I've been in kind of an existential funk because I think Shane Doan is a disgusting farthammer who should be way more hated in hockey than he is for a career's worth of dirty hits. However, He is well-liked and his style of play is basically sanctioned in a league run by old farts who don't care about head shots as much as they care about how well they can sell the headshot artists.