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

NHL: San Jose Sharks at Detroit Red Wings Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

With the game last night, the Red Wings had an optional skate this morning. The diggers confirmed that Jimmy Howard is the starter tonight, but also that Blashill played coy with other lineup decisions.

We’ve got things here the same as last night. With the performance put up by the lines/pairings that have so far been the subject of shuffling in/out, I’m not sure we should necessarily expect any changes. Ryan Sproul was good and the OMG line spent a lot of time in the offensive zone.

We’ll keep eyes peeled for updates as the day goes.


Tomas Tatar

Henrik Zetterberg

Riley Sheahan

Justin Abdelkader

Frans Nielsen

Dylan Larkin

Gustav Nyquist

Darren Helm

Tomas Vanek

Steve Ott

Luke Glendening

Drew Miller


Danny DeKesyer

Mike Green

Brendan Smith

Ryan Sproul

Jonathan Ericsson

Alexey Marchenko


Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Power Play

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

Sharks Lineup

Thomas Hertl

Joe Thornton

Joe Pavelski

Mikkel Boedker

Logan Couture

Joonas Donskoi

Patrick Marleau

Chris Tierney

Joel Ward

Matt Nieto

Tommy Wingels

Melker Karlsson

Justin Braun

Mark-Edouard Vlassic

Brent Burns

Paul Martin

Brendan Dillon

David Schlemko

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Key Matchups

Both Teams vs. Fatigue

The Sharks are at the end of a long road trip and the Wings played last night. The team that better dictates the pace over the course of the game should get a pretty good advantage going into the third. You don’t want to have to be playing catch up late in this contest.

Third Line vs. Third Line

Detroit’s third has been its best, most-consistent line. Tonight they’re up against a Sharks’ third featuring old Red Wings killer Joel Ward and Eugene Levy cosplayer Patrick Marleau. It’s not exactly a mirror image to the Wings’ 3rd, but it should be a decent challenge for those guys.

Detroit’s PK vs. Itself

The Wings’ penalty kill has not been good enough. They’ve failed in a whole lot of different ways from uncovered high/low lanes to uncleared net fronts to real bad rebounds. While it’s harder to look at PK as a process and say “well they’re just not getting results” I don’t think you can do that with Detroit’s SH process. They’re going to take penalties tonight and the Sharks’ PP has plenty of firepower. Need a better performance in this one.