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Gameday Updates: Detroit Red Wings @ New York Rangers Line Combinations, Key Matchups

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Detroit Red Wings v New York Rangers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

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Gameday updates; head coach Jeff Blashill is sticking with the same lineup as on Monday night in the dominating performance at the Joe against the Ottawa Senators, except for in net, where Jimmy Howard will get the start.

Red Wings Lineup

Red Wings Expected Lineups


Justin Abdelkader

Frans Nielsen

Riley Sheahan

Tomas Tatar

Dylan Larkin

Henrik Zetterberg

Gustav Nyquist

Darren Helm

Tomas Vanek

Andreas Athanasiou

Luke Glendening

Drew Miller


Danny DeKesyer

Mike Green

Brendan Smith

Xavier Ouellet

Jonathan Ericsson

Alexey Marchenko


Jimmy Howard (starting)

Petr Mrazek

Rangers Lineup:

Kevin Klein finds himself back in the lineup after missing the first three games with back spasms.

Rangers Expected Lineups


Chris Kreider

Mika Zibanejad

Rick Nash

Jimmy Vesey

Derek Stepan

Mats Zuccarello

J.T. Miller

Kevin Hayes

Jesper Fast

Josh Jooris

Brandon Pirri

Michael Grabner


Ryan McDonagh

Nick Holden

Marc Staal

Kevin Klein

Brady Skjei

Adam Clendening


Henrik Lundqvist (starting)

Antti Raanta

Keys To The Game:

Rangers forward Chris Kreider is averaging two points a game. Both Mats Zuccarello and Mika Zibanejad are also playing well with four points in three games. Kreider and Zibanejad account for more than half of the Rangers power play points so far this season. Containing these three players will be keys to victory.

Special Teams

The Red Wings power play is ranked fifth in the NHL at 37.5 percent, while the Rangers penalty kill is middle of the pack ranked 15th at 83.3%. On the reverse the Red Wings penalty kill must be better ranked 25th out of 30th at 72.7% and the Rangers power play is middle of the pack ranked 15th at 20%. With recent history telling us that these teams play close games, the Red Wings must take advantage of the difference in the power play/penalty kill ratio between them and the Rangers. On the other side to get a victory, Detroit must have its best penalty kill game of the season.

Detroit Power Play:

Tatar-Zetterberg-Nielsen Vanek (net front) - Green
Nyquist Larkin-Sheahan Abdelkader (net front) - Smith

Detroit Penalty Kill:

Glendening-Miller DeKeyser-Marchenko
Helm-Nielsen Ericsson-Ouellet
(Smith, Sheahan)