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Gameday Updates: Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins: Line Combinations, Key Matchups

The Red Wings officially "recalled" Drew Miller this morning and by all reports he will indeed be back on the fourth line tonight.  No other changes for the Red Wings.  Boston made a few changes inserting Jimmy Hayes into the lineup as well as getting their own Millers, Kevin and Colin, back and putting them in for John-Micahel Liles and Joe Morrow.

Line Combinations


Gustav Nyquist

Henrik Zetterberg

Anthony Mantha

Andreas Athanasiou

Frans Nielsen

Tomas Tatar

Justin Abdelkader

Riley Sheahan

Tomas Jurco

Drew Miller

Luke Glendening

Darren Helm


Danny DeKeyser

Mike Green

Niklas Kronwall

Nick Jensen

Jonathan Ericsson

Xavier Ouellet


Jared Coreau (starting)

Petr Mrazek

Power Play units:

  1. Nyquist-Zetterberg-Abdelkader-Nielsen-Green
  2. Tatar-Athanasiou-Mantha-DeKeyser-Kronwall

Bruins Line Combinations


Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Frank Vatrano

Tim Schaller

David Krejci

David Pastrnak

Ryan Spooner

Riley Nash

David Backes

Matt Beleskey

Dominic Moore

Jimmy Hayes


Zdeno Chara

Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug

Adam McQuaid

Kevin Miller

Colin Miller


Tuukka Rask  (starting)

Zane McIntyre

Power Play units:

  1. Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak-Spooner-Krug
  2. Vatrano-Kerjci-Backes-Miller-Czarnik

Keys to the Game:

Start Fast

The Red Wings have played some of their best hockey of the season in recent times despite not always getting out to the best starts. That includes the last game they played against the Bruins. Boston is teetering on the edge right now and a fast start by the Red Wings in Boston could push them even closer to free fall.

Do Not Allow Boston to Take Penalties

The Red Wings have the worst power play in the league. Boston has the second-best penalty kill as well as a penchant for scoring shorthanded. It is in the Red Wings best interest to keep this game to even strength as much as possible.

The Tomas’ Absorb the Loss of Vanek and Larkin

The offense struggled the last time they lost Vanek and the game against the Rangers showed that could be the case again. Couple that with the loss of Larkin for at least the next two games and things are getting thin offensively again. With Boston having the last change it is almost assured that they will put the Bergeron line out there against the Zetterberg line whenever they can. Tomas Tatar will be the one to step into Vanek’s spot on the line with Andreas Athanasiou and Frans Nielsen and Tomas Jurco gets the chance to take up Larkin’s spot on a line with Riley Sheahan and Justin Adelkader. If Jurco and Tatar are able to find their game the Wings have too much depth for an aging and struggling Boston.