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

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

It seems after going 0-2 in their first two games, Ken Hitchcock has jumbled things up for the Stars:

Dallas forward Adam Cracknell was claimed off waivers yesterday, so it’s unlikely he’ll play tonight as he’s now a member of the New York Rangers.

Remi Elie seems to be the guy who’ll draw into the lineup after he was recalled from the Stars’ AHL affiliate.

The forward lines are all changed around from the previous two games.

And the pairings are slightly different too.

We’ve also confirmed the Wings’ forward lines and defense pairs. Mrazek appears to be getting the start in goal tonight.

Updated Lineups

Red Wings

Stars

Key Matchups

Familiar Foe in Net

Even though the Wings don’t play the Stars, that doesn’t mean they won’t have an idea of what they’ll be up against in net. Ben Bishop looks to be getting the start tonight after a puck to the mask kept him out of the Stars’ previous game against the Blues. Against the Wings all-time, Bishop is 11-4 in 17 appearances with a .928 SV%. Here’s hoping we can put a dent in that SV% in his 18th game against the Wings.

Neutralize Their Top Line

Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin on the same line isn’t easy to stop as is. Add in a winger like Alexander Radulov, and you’ve got yourself a top unit that’s tough to play against and is sure to put up some big numbers. I’m not sure which of the Wings’ lines Ken Hitchcock plans to deploy his top line against, but whoever draws the Seguin line is sure to have their hands full.

Don’t Take Seven Penalties Again

I don’t think the Wings will be fortunate enough to get away with taking seven penalties against this Stars team. As a matter of fact, I don’t think there are many teams that’d fail to score on seven straight powerplays. So let’s not do that again. This crackdown on slashing will take some getting used to.