Across the other side, we’ll see Eddie Lack in goal and even if we drop a bunch on him, we won’t be seeing Mike Smith come in.
Mike Smith did accompany Flames to Detroit...but will not play tonight vs DRW...won't even back-up...Jon Gillies recalled for the game.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) November 15, 2017
The Red Wings had an optional skate today after practicing hard yesterday, but we appear to have one question already answered about the status of a guy who didn’t practice yesterday either.
Helm not playing tonight. #RedWings— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) November 15, 2017
With this in mind, we’re assuming the lines are going to match the way they practiced yesterday. During that practice, they had Danny DeKeyser holding a fourth line spot with Glendening and Wilson, so the assumption is we’re going with an 11-7 setup tonight and will have Zetterberg and Larkin mostly double-shifting with the fourth line to fill out the forward lines while Witkowski will spell guys on the back end.
Red Wings Lineup
Anthony Mantha — Henrik Zetterberg — Gustav Nyquist
Tomas Tatar — Dylan Larkin — Andreas Athanasiou
David Booth — Frans Nielsen — Justin Abdelkader
Scott Wilson — Luke Glendening
Jonathan Ericsson — Trevor Daley
Xavier Ouellet — Mike Green
Niklas Kronwall — Nick Jensen
Johnny Gaudreau — Sean Monahan — Michael Ferland
Matthew Tkachuk — Mikael Backlund — Michael Frolik
Sam Bennett — Mark Jankowski — Jaromir Jagr
Kris Versteeg — Curtis Lazar — Troy Brouwer
Mark Giordano — Dougie Hamilton
T.J. Brodie — Travis Hamonic
Brett Kulak — Michael Stone
Strength At the Top
With Marty “Depth Scoring” Frk out and the lineup kinda hurting, the Red Wings are going to need their top two lines to carry them while trying to neutralize Calgary’s depth. It would be nice if the Wings could get better-than-stalemate in the bottom six, but David Booth versus Jaromir Jagr is kind of a mismatch.
Playing Fast vs. Playing Smart
Detroit has struggled on their home ice with the same game they’ve played on the road and it still feels like they’re not used to their own ice surface, which doesn’t fit a 2-3 pass zone transition game like what worked so well against Edmonton and Vancouver. Getting the puck up ice and winning battles for it in the neutral zone are going to be key against a Calgary squad that can turn your mistakes into goals very quickly.
Don’t Fight Troy Brouwer
He is good at punching.