It was an optional skate for the Red Wings out in Anaheim. The lines below are from last game. However, it appears we know at least one change to the lineup and that comes between the pipes.
RC said Ryan Getzlaf (lower-body injury) is progressing day-to-day, but will not be in the lineup tonight.— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) January 4, 2017
Detroit Line Combinations
|Tomas Tatar||Henrik Zetterberg||Anthony Mantha|
|Gus Nyquist||Frans Nielsen||Thomas Vanek|
|Riley Sheahan||Dylan Larkin||Luke Glendening|
|Steve Ott||Andreas Athanasiou||Drew Miller|
|Danny DeKeyser||Nick Jensen|
|Niklas Kronwall||Brendan Smith|
|Jonathan Ericsson||Xavier Ouellet|
|Petr Mrazek (starting)|
Power Play units:
- Tatar-Ott-Mantha, Zetterberg-Kronwall
Anaheim Line Combinations
|Andrew Cogliano||Ryan Kesler||Jakob Silfverberg|
|Joseph Cramarossa||Rickard Rakell||Corey Perry|
|Nick Ritchie||Antoine Vermette||Ondrej Kase|
|Logan Shaw||Chris Wagner||Jared Boll|
|Cam Fowler||Sami Vatanen|
|Hampus Lindholm||Josh Manson|
|Kevin Bieksa||Brandon Montour|
|John Gibson (starting)|
Keys to the Game:
1. Let Steve Ott loose
We need a fight between Steve Ott and anyone early to spark the team. No need to wait to energize the team. Do it nice and early. This will be a win-win because the team will obviously play better because of Ott's fight AND he'll be taken off the ice for at least five minutes. If he can drop the gloves with Corey Perry, that's even better too.
2. Score on the power play
We can just leave this key here forever until it happens. The Red Wings are pretty much guaranteed to score on the man advantage tonight with Ott on the power play. I'm really curious to see how long the five forward unit lasts.
Let's Go Red Wings.