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Gameday Updates: Detroit Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres: Line Combinations, Key Matchups

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports


Detroit Red Wings
Anthony Mantha Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist
Tomas Tatar Dylan Larkin Justin Abdelkader
Darren Helm Frans Nielsen Martin Frk
Scott Wilson Luke Glendening Luke Witkowski
Niklas Kronwall Mike Green
Jonathan Ericcson Trevor Daley
Xavier Ouellet Nick Jensen
Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Power Play

PP1 – Nyquist, Zetterberg, Abdelkader, Tatar, Daley

PP2 – Larkin, Nielsen, Mantha, Frk, Green

Buffalo Sabres
Evander Kane Jack Eichel Jason Pominville
Justin Bailey Ryan O'Reilly Kyle Okposo
Benoit Pouliot Sam Reinhart Seth Griffith
Matt Moulson Johan Larsson Jordan Nolan
Rasmus Ristolainen Marco Scandella
Matt Tennyson Nathan Beaulieu
Jake McCabe Victor Antipin
Chad Johnson
Robin Lehner

Power Play

PP1 – O’Reilly, Eichel, Reinhart, Antipin, Ristolainen

PP2 – Kane, Okposo, Pominville, Scandella, Tennyson

Keys to the Game

Slow the Eichel Line

It is no secret that as the Eichel line goes so goes the Buffalo Sabres. The hard part is finding ways to actually stop them. They have a very good blend of speed, skill, strength and a ton of hockey smarts that can give any team fits. Either of the top two lines for the Red Wings will make for an interesting battle but I expect to see Dylan Larkin out there a lot in this one.

Start Fast and on Time

Starting slow and getting behind early has been a trend for the Red Wings the last few seasons and it looks like it is going to be an issue this year as well. While I appreciate the fight the team has showed in the games they have gotten off to a slow start (the Vancouver game excluded) they need to start finding ways to come out of the gate on time AND be able to keep that pace up for an entire 60 minutes.