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Gameday Updates: Detroit Red Wings vs Nashville Predators

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Updated Line Combinations

Red Wings' Lineup

Forwards

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

Defensemen

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

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (Starting)
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Jakub Kindl

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

Key Match-ups

Calle Jarnkrok vs The Red Wings

I think we all know why I chose this. Former Red Wing legend Calle Jarnkrok will get a chance to shine against his former team that he never played for. Hey, at least we didn't trade Filip Forsberg for Martin Erat.

Defense vs Offense

Nashville has one of the best defensive cores in the entire NHL. Shea Weber, Seth Jones, Roman Josi form a very strong blue line that is hard to pierce. Detroit is going to need guys like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, and Dylan Larkin skating their best to make this competitive. Additionally, Detroit will need to be stout defensively, as Nashville boasts potent offense along with their strong defense.

However, Nashville has had trouble producing goals as of late. In their last eight games, they have only topped two goals on two occasions, and have lost all of their games where they have not been able to do so. If the Wings can keep Nashville below three goals tonight, they should be two points richer when the game ends.

Let's Go Red Wings!