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Gameday Updates: Detroit Red Wings at Ottawa Senators: Line Combinations, Key Matchups

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The Senators had a couple defensemen in green non-contact jerseys this morning and called a kid up, so the D-Pairings have been updated from this morning.

Although it’s technically possible to play after wearing non-contact in the morning skate, if that’s going to happen, it’s only going to be Oduya:

No surprises in the Wings’ net

One little surprise on the lines (pairings?) though:

Without more specifics to go on, we’re guessing this means he’s in David Booth’s spot, but we’ll keep an eye out for more clarity on where the D/F will slot in. We probably won’t get so much about line rushes/pairings with the Wings on the road, but they tend to put the roster out about an hour prior to gametime. We’ll update when we get more. [Update, per this story from Dana Wakiji:]

Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Luke Witkowski will play against the Senators, taking David Booth's spot on the fourth line with Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening.

Updated Lineups

Red Wings

Forwards

Tomas Tatar Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist
Anthony Mantha Dylan Larkin Martin Frk
Justin Abdelkader Frans Nielsen Darren Helmr
Luke Witkowski Riley Sheahan Luke Glendening

Defensemen

Dan DeKeyser Trevor Daley
Xavier Ouellet Mike Green
Jonathan Ericsson Nick Jensen

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Power Play

PP1 – Nyquist, Zetterberg, Abdelkader, Tatar, Daley

PP2 – Larkin, Nielsen, Mantha, Frk, Green

Senators

Forwards

Zack Smith Kyle Turris Ryan Dzingel
Bobby Ryan Derick Brassard Mark Stone
Tom Pyatt Jean-Gabriel Pageau Mike Hoffman
Alex Formenton Nate Thompson Alexandre Burrows

Defensemen

Dion Phaneuf Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki Chris Wideman
Ben Harpur Fredrik Claesson

Goaltenders

Craig Anderson (starting)
Mike Condon

Power Play Unit

PP1 – Dzingel, Turris, Burrows, Hoffman, Phanuef

PP2 – Ryan, Brassard, Stone, Wideman, Ceci

Players to Watch

The FML Line

Frk, Mantha and Larkin were dangerous every time they were on the ice in the season opener. They have speed, smarts and some very heavy shots that will cause a lot of teams issues this year, let alone one that employs Johnny Oduya, Dion Phanuef and Chris Wideman along its blue line.

Kyle Turris

With Erik Karlsson out Turris is arguably Ottawa’s best player and with the Senators and Turris at a stalemate over a long term deal he is likely to be extra motivated to play well on the ice. It will be interesting to see which of the Red Wings lines Guy Boucher chooses to put Turris out against, especially if it is Larkin’s line.