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Senators at Red Wings: Gameday Updates, Line Combinations, Key Matchups

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Optional skate this morning for the Red Wings. Lineup should be status quo. With that said, don't expect the actual lines to stay the same. As we discussed on the podcast, Jeff Blashill was shaking things up all last game (a lot of that due to guys playing on the PP and PK). You can probably expect that 2nd line to start out with Darren Helm on the left side and Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco each bumped down a line. The good news is that 11 of the best 12 forwards are playing tonight. We're slowly getting to the best lineup possible.


Line Combinations

Red Wings Lineup

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Dylan Larkin Brad Richards
Gus Nyquist Andreas Athanasiou Tomas Jurco
Darren Helm Riley Sheahan Luke Glendening

Defensemen

Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brendan Smith Jakub Kindl
Jonathan Ericsson Alexey Marchenko

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Joakim Andersson, Teemu Pulkkinen

Injuries: Johan Franzen, Drew Miller, Niklas Kronwall, Mike Green

Power-play units:

  1. Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Abdelkader (net front)-Richards-Smith
  2. Nyquist-Larkin-Tatar-Helm (net front)-Kindl

Senators Lineup

Forwards

Mike Hoffman Kyle Turris Bobby Ryan
Zack Smith Jean-Gabriel Pageau Mark Stone
Shane Prince Mika Zibanejad Alex Chiasson
Ryan Dzingel Curtis Lazar Chris Neil

Defensemen

Marc Methot Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf Cody Ceci
Patrick Wiercioch Mark Borowiecki

Goaltenders

Craig Anderson
Andrew Hammond

Fun Facts!

Red Wings all-time record against Ottawa: 22-12-1-1 (W-L-T-OTL)

Red Wings goals for per game (GF/G) against the Sens: 3.25

Red Wings goals against per game (GA/G) against the Sens: 2.67

Key Matchups

Dion Phaneuf vs the left side

Big changes on the Ottawa blue line tonight. Newly acquired Dion Phaneuf makes his debut for the Sens. Not only is it a new team and new system for Phaneuf to adjust to, he's apparently going to be playing on the left side on his D pair with Cody Ceci. It will be interesting to see how Phaneuf adjusts to playing on the left instead of his more familiar right side. The Red Wings need to take advantage of any struggles out there as he gets used to his new role.

Ottawa PK vs Red Wings PP

We know the Wings power play is mediocre (16th in the league at 18.3%), but the great news is the Sens are dead last on the PK (30th in the league at 74.6%). Sounds like a key matchup if I've ever seen one! We'll keep this one simple... scoring on the power play is key for the Wings. They can exploit the Sens weakness and help themselves get some goals. The wild card here is Phaneuf and how much he changes what Ottawa does on the PK. Of course, does any of it really matter? We've got D-Boss.

Let's Go Red Wings.