We’ve got a couple changes right off the bat, the most significant being that Jimmy Howard will be in goal tonight. If you picked Mrazek as POTG, you better go back and fix that, pronto.
Abdelkader and Sheahan made a little swapperooski between the second and third lines.
Tomas Jurco is skating this morning, but Thomas Vanek isn’t. :(
|Dylan Larkin||Frans Nielsen||Gustav Nyquist|
|Tomas Tatar||Henrik Zetterberg||Justin Abdelkader|
|Andreas Athanasiou||Darren Helm||Riley Sheahan|
|Steve Ott||Luke Glendening||Drew Miller|
|Danny DeKeyser||Mike Green|
|Brendan Smith||Ryan Sproul|
|Jonathan Ericsson||Alexey Marchenko|
|Jimmy Howard (starting)|
Power Play Units:
- Tatar-Zetterberg-Nyquist, Abdelkader (net front), Green
- Sheahan-Nielsen-Larkin, Helm (net front), Sproul
Bruins Line Combinations
|Brad Marchand||Patrice Bergeron||Danton Heinen|
|Ryan Spooner||David Krejci||Austin Czarnik|
|Matt Beleskey||Riley Nash||Jimmy Hayes|
|Tim Schaller||Dominic Moore||Noel Acciari|
|Zdeno Chara||Brandon Carlo|
|Torey Krug||Adam McQuaid|
|John-Michael Liles||Colin Miller|
|Tuukka Rask (starting)|
Also, turns out Heinen is good enough to start on the top line. Who knew? Not me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Also also, Rask is suddenly perfectly ready to go against a division rival, apparently.
Keys to the Game:
Keep the puck on the stick
The Wings have already identified that they need to be smart about minimizing turnovers. None of this dipsy-doodling extra moves that certain players coughTatarcough tend to make when they’re too confident (or, conversely, in a rut trying to do too much). Keep the passes short and crisp if you have to, just make sure the puck is staying on Wings sticks.
Take advantage of a recovering Rask
I had this whole thing written up about how the Boston goalies are young and not good, and then Two-Us-Two-Ks-Two-Thrown-Milk-Crates had to go and mess everything up. Rude. Anyway, he was initially supposed to be taking it easy and not overdoing it on his way back from injury. If he wants to push it despite that talk, well, let’s give him a short night, yeah?
Capitalize on a depleted lineup
Boston’s leading goal-scorer in Pastrnak is suspended and Backes left his puppy-kidnapping butt behind in Massachusetts. Bergeron and Marchand are dangerous as always, but those are two key losses for the Bruins’ forward corps that has already had issues scoring this season. Stifle offense from those remaining, and for the love of god, be careful on the power play. I still have flashbacks to short-handed goals against the Wings at the hands of these weenies (thanks Weiss).
Bonus: Own them on social media
The Red Wings’ resident Instagram genius Johan Franzen is sure to be watching the game tonight and coming up with jabs at these rivals. Keep an eye out!
- The Red Wings are 269-256-95-10 (W-L-T-OTL) in the regular season against the Bruins.
- Jimmy Howard is 5-3-1 in 10 career starts against Boston with a .920 SV% and 2.63 GAA.
- I still don’t know why Brendan Smith would try to fight this: