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Gameday Updates: Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens Line Combinations, Key matchups

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NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Line Combinations

Forwards

Dylan Larkin

Henrik Zetterberg

Gustav Nyquist

Tomas Tatar

Frans Nielsen

Anthony Mantha

Riley Sheahan

Darren Helm

Justin Abdelkader

Tyler Bertuzzi

Luke Glendening

Steve Ott


Defensemen

Danny DeKeyser

Mike Green

Niklas Kronwall

Brendan Smith

Jonathan Ericsson

Alexey Marchenko


Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Power Play units:

  1. Nyquist-Zetterberg-Tatar, Kronwall-Green
  2. Sheahan-Nielsen-Mantha, Smith-Larkin

Canadiens Line Combinations

Forwards

Paul Byron

Alex Galchenyuk

Alexander Radulov

Sven Andrighetto

Tomas Plekanec

Brendan Gallagher

Max Pacioretty

Phillip Danault

Andrew Shaw

Daniel Carr

Torrey Mitchell

Brian Flynn


Defensemen

Alexei Emelin

Shea Weber

Andrei Markov

Jeff Petry

Nathan Beaulieu

Joel Hanley


Goaltenders

Carey Price

Al Montoya

Power Play units:

  1. Shaw-Galchenyuk-Radulov, Markov-Weber
  2. Pacioretty-Plekanec-Gallagher, Beaulieu-Petry

Keys to the Game:

Capitalize on Scoring Chances

Carey Price is the best goaltender in the NHL and he is playing like it. The Red Wings are not going to get a lot of good scoring chances on this Montreal team and the ones they get they are going to have to work their tails off to earn. They absolutely must bury those chances when they come up.

The Power Plays

Neither team has a stout penalty killing unit and are middle of the road on the power play. With both goalies playing at the top of their game, whomever can win the special teams battle is very likely going to win the game. Of note, look for Mantha to be down in front of Price on the power play.

Playing the Full 60

The Red Wings have looked like a really good hockey team at times this season. The problem continues to be though that they cannot seem to play at that level for an entire game. Mental lapses have been this team’s downfall so far this season and they need to find a way to avoid them here tonight against a very tough and opportunistic Montreal team.