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Gameday Updates: Detroit Red Wings at Los Angeles Kings: Line Combinations, Key Matchups

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Los Angeles Kings Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

With the Wings having played last night, the skate in Los Angeles was once again optional, but we know Coreau is the starter and that both Sproul and Marchenko will be in for Kronwall and Smith, who were hurt last night. Aside from those two skating today, both Athanasiou and Jurco were on the ice for the Wings, but nobody seems to know whether or not AA will be back in after a night where the Wings had "too many passengers" according to their head coach.

[Update 3:10pm - multiple diggers say Jurco is out and AA is back in. Line combos are still a guess]

Line Combinations

Forwards

Tomas Tatar

Henrik Zetterberg

Anthony Mantha

Gustav Nyquist

Frans Nielsen

Tomas Vanek

Riley Sheahan

Dylan Larkin

Andreas Athanasiou

Steve Ott

Luke Glendening

Drew Miller


Defensemen

Danny DeKeyser

Nick Jensen

Jonathan Ericsson

Alexey Marchenko

Xavier Ouellet

Ryan Sproul


Goaltenders

Jared Coreau (starting)

Petr Mrazek

Power Play units:

  1. Tatar-Ott-Mantha-Zetterberg-Kronwall
  2. Athanasiou-Nielsen-Vanek-Larkin-Nyquist

Kings Line Combinations

Forwards

Marian Gaborik

Anze Kopitar

Dustin Brown

Tanner Pearson

Jeff Carter

Devin Setoguchi

Kyle Clifford

Nic Dowd

Trevor Lewis

Dwight King

Nick Shore

Jordan Nolan


Defensemen

Derek Forbort

Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin

Alec Martinez

Brayden McNabb

Kevin Gravel


Goaltenders

Jeff Zatkovv (starting)

Peter Budaj

Power Play units:

  1. Pearson-Kopitar-Carter-Muzzin-Doughty
  2. Gaborik-Dowd-Brown-Gravel-Martinez

Keys to the Game:

Be Aggressive on the Forecheck

The Red Wings have found some success scoring this season when they play a more aggressive style of forecheck. The Kings have had a lot of success in recent years making every team they play battle for pucks all game long. With their defensive zone breakout/turnover issues it would behoove the Wings to push those battles as deep into the LA zone as often as they can.

Capitalize on Chances

The Kings are the best in the NHL at shot suppression. They do a fantastic job of grinding down teams, keeping them to the outside and blocking shots. The Wings have got to find ways to get to the danger areas on the ice with the puck and when they do they have got to finish.

Start on Time

It has been a problem for the Wings for several years now. They come out of the gate sluggish and often find themselves having to dig out of early holes because of it. This team is not good enough right now to keep doing that (as their record shows).