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Gameday Updates: Ottawa Senators @ Detroit Red Wings Line Combinations, Key Matchups

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NHL: Ottawa Senators at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

More adjustments to the lineup today, as Blashill continues to look for both consistent offense and defense.

Line Combinations

Forwards

Justin Abdelkader

Frans Nielsen

Riley Sheahan

Tomas Tatar

Dylan Larkin

Henrik Zetterberg

Gustav Nyquist

Darren Helm

Tomas Vanek

Andreas Athanasiou

Luke Glendening

Drew Miller


Defensemen

Danny DeKeyser

Mike Green

Brendan Smith

Xavier Ouellet

Jonathan Ericsson

Alexey Marchenko


Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)

Jimmy Howard

Power Play units:

  1. Tatar-Nielsen-Zetterberg, Vanek (net front), Green
  2. Nyquist-Larkin-Sheahan, Abdelkader (net front), Smith

Senators Line Combinations

Forwards

Mike Hoffman

Kyle Turris

Mark Stone

Zack Smith

Derick Brassard

Bobby Ryan

Phil Varone

Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Tom Pyatt

Ryan Dzingel

Chris Kelly

Chris Neil


Defensemen

Mark Methot

Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf

Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki

Chris Wideman


Goaltenders

Craig Anderson (starting)

Andrew Hammond

Keys to the Game:

The Need for Speed

Through the first two games the Wings have looked like they are one of the oldest teams in the league. The Lightning (after the first 10 minutes of the game) and Panthers did a fantastic job of not allowing the Red Wings speedy, young players any space to get their motor going. As the Toronto game and previous Dylan Larkin highlights have shown, Ottawa has issues handling speedy forwards and the Wings need to find ways to exploit that.

Be Consistently Aggressive

The best 10 minutes the Wings have played so far this season was the first 10 minutes against Tampa Bay. They were aggressively hounding the puck and the puck carrier in all three zones defensively and pushing the play up the ice when they had the puck. This needs to return and the Red Wings need to find a way to keep that level of play up for 60 minutes tonight.

Help Mrazek Out

Petr Mrazek has had to make several spectacular saves in the first two games because of defensive lapses. Without his play they are probably not in either game by the third period. I am by no means calling for a return to the Babcockian low event style, Mrazek seems to play better when he is seeing a decent level of rubber his way. What they do need to do is find out ways to cut down on the odd man rushes and missed assignments that have led to several dangerous scoring chances and the eventual game winning goal in both games so far.