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Red Wings vs. Hurricanes Gameday Updates: Line Combinations, Key matchups

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The question on everybody's mind this morning is which A-list scrabble name would be sitting tonight between Abdelkader and Athanasiou, and it seems the prime alphabetical still isn't feeling well enough to go. Abby skated sparingly with the fourth line today and Helene confirmed he's out, so we'll see the same lineup as against the Sharks.

Red Wings Lines

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist

Frans Nielsen

Dylan Larkin

Tomas Tatar

Henrik Zetterberg

Riley Sheahan

Andreas Athanasiou

Darren Helm

Tomas Vanek

Steve Ott

Luke Glendening

Drew Miller

Defense

Danny DeKesyer

Mike Green

Brendan Smith

Ryan Sproul

Jonathan Ericsson

Alexey Marchenko

Goalies

Petr Mrazek (Starting)

Jimmy Howard

On the Hurricanes’ side, it looks like Jeff Skinner isn't going to go tonight after not taking part in the morning skate. It also looks like Bill Peters has a sense of humor in putting the two waiver-losses on the fourth line together. That should be a fun matchup for the OMG line.

Hurricanes

Forwards

Viktor Stalberg

Viktor Rask

Lee Stempniak

Joakim Nordstrom

Jordan Staal

Sebastian Aho

Teuvo Teravainen

Elias Lindholm

Phil Di Giuseppe

Andrej Nestrasil

Jay McClement

Martin Frk

Defense

Jaccob Slavin

Justin Faulk

Ron Hainsey

Brett Pesce

Noah Hanifin

Jakub Nakladal

Goalies

Cam Ward

Eddie Lack


Key matchups

Homeboys vs. Road Warriors

This marks the end of the Hurricanes’ season-opening road trip, as they’re the only team in the NHL who has yet to have their home opener. Detroit has been resting comfortably at home since Thursday. I’m sure we’ll be able to fit what all of that means into a postgame narrative about one team not starting the game on time or finishing badly. I just think it’s really interesting that the Canes have yet to play at home by now.

The Possession Battle

The Canes are once again a team that carries play. Their problem has remained constant in that preventing goals has been an issue. Carolina skated all over Detroit in every matchup they played last year as Bill Peters’ style of aggressively pushing play to the middle of the ice gave last year’s low-event Wings fits. Will Blashill’s adjustments this season better match up against Carolina’s speed?

Carolina’s Power Play vs. Detroit’s Penalty Kill

The Canes boast the fourth-best PP% in the league through their six games getting about four opportunities per game so far and scoring on one of those. The Wings’ PK so far rounds out to giving the opposition four opportunities on the PP per game and letting them score on one of those. I’m no mathemagician, but it seems that on average, the Red Wings are going to give up a special teams goal in this game unless they do better.

Puck drop is at 7:30 tonight. Gamethread goes live at 7. Stick around, won’t you?