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Gameday Updates: Red Wings vs Canucks line combinations, key match-ups

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Vancouver Canucks v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

Both teams will keep the same lineups for tonight’s tilt. Jimmy Howard gets the nod for Detroit, while Ryan Miller will start for Vancouver.

Red Wings Expected Lineups

Forwards

Dylan Larkin

Frans Nielsen

Tyler Bertuzzi

Tomas Tatar

Henrik Zetterberg

Justin Abdelkader

Andreas Athanasiou

Darren Helm

Gustav Nyquist

Riley Sheahan

Luke Glendening

Steve Ott


Defensemen

Danny DeKesyer

Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson

Alexey Marchenko

Niklas Kronwall

Brendan Smith


Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)

Petr Mrazek

Canucks Expected Lineups

Forwards

Daniel Sedin

Henrik Sedin

Loui Eriksson

Markus Granlund

Brandon Sutter

Derek Dorsett

Sven Baerstchi

Bo Horvat

Alexandre Burrows

Michael Chaput

Brendan Gaunce

Jack Skille


Defensemen

Alexander Edler

Troy Stecher

Erik Gudbranson

Ben Hutton

Luca Sbisa

Nikita Tryamkin


Goaltenders

Ryan Miller (starting)

Jacob Markstrom

Key Match-ups

Sedin Twins

I’m going with the Sedin twins here. Despite their age, and Vancouver being woefully awful, they are still one of the best playmaking duos in the NHL. Whichever line gets matched against them will have their hands full. Shut the twins down, and you’ve taken a lot of bite out of an already bitten offense.

Youth vs Youth

The Canucks do have some young talent that matches up well with Detroit’s young talent. Bo Horvat, Sven Baerstchi, and Troy Stecher are all talented players. If the Red Wings young guns can outperform Vancouver’s, then I’d put my money on the Wings dominating the game.

Red Wings Power Play:

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  2. Anthanasiou-Nielsen-Larkin-Sheahan-Smith

Canucks Power Play:

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  2. Granlund-Horvat-Eriksson-Hutton-Baertschi