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Red Wings at Ducks: Gameday Updates, Line Combinations, Key Match-ups

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Line Combinations

Red Wings Lineup

Forwards

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


Defensemen

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


Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Joakim Andersson

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


Power-play units:

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

Ducks Lineup

Forwards

Rickard Rakell Ryan Getzlaf Corey Perry
Carl Hagelin Ryan Kesler Jakob Silfverberg
Andrew Cogliano Shawn Horcoff Jiri Sekac
Patrick Maroon Nate Thompson Chris Stewart


Defensemen

Hampus Lindholm John Manson
Sami Vatanen Kevin Bieksa
Shea Theodore Korbinian Holzer


Goaltenders

John Gibson (starting)
Frederick Andersen

Key Matchups

Top-six battle

Anaheim's top-six might be one of the best in the league. They started the season ice-cold, but now have started to heat up, so the Red Wings will have their hands full in that regard. The duo of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry is still ridiculously potent, so whichever line is chosen to shut them down is going to need to bring their A-game. Hopefully Blashill keeps Luke Glendening as far away from Anaheim's top line as humanly possible.

Petr Mrazek

This isn't really a match-up, but it's worth noting. Mrazek has been lights out for the Red Wings, and with the way they have been playing as of late, he needs to stay consistent with that. I have no doubts, as we finally broke away from the 1A/1B rotation, but Mrazek's workload is heavy, and I don't see it getting much lighter. Let's see what the kid's got!

Special teams

We say this every damn game it seems. The PK has been great, but the PP has been... Not great. I'm just stating the obvious here: The Red Wings need to figure it out, but if they haven't by now, then it might not happen without some personnel changes.