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

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NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s our update from Ottawa. Sounds like the only possible changes for tonight’s game is that Frans Nielsen will be a game-time decision, per Dana Wakiji:

UPDATED LINEUPS

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

Power Play

PP1 – Nyquist, Zetterberg, Abdelkader, Tatar, Daley

PP2 – Larkin, Nielsen, Mantha, Frk, Green

Ottawa Senators
Tom Pyatt Derick Brassard Mark Stone
Zack Smith Kyle Turris Ryan Dzingel
Mike Hoffman Jean-Gabriel Pageau Chris Didomenico
Alexandre Burrows Nate Thompson Jack Rodewald
LD RD
Johnny Oduya Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf Cody Ceci
Fredrik Claesson Chris Wideman
G
Craig Anderson
Mike Condon

Power Play Unit

PP1 –, Burrows, Brassard, Stone, Hoffman, Karlsson

PP2 – Dzingel, Smith, Didomencio, Phaneuf, Wideman

KEYS TO THE GAME

Feed the Kids

There can be little to no doubt right now that the Athanasiou-Larkin-Mantha line is the best offensive line the Red Wings have right now. They are fast, dynamic with the puck and unafraid to make a play. The downside to having one main scoring line is it makes it easier for the opposing team to slow them down. The good thing about having those three on a line together is their size, speed, strength and smarts makes it tough to slow them down for a full game.

Stop the Pyatt-Brassard-Stone Line

Similarly, the Senators are relying mainly on their top line to carry the offensive load for them early on. If the Red Wings can keep them off the scoreboard it will be very difficult for Ottawa to come away with the two points. It will be interesting to see who Blashill tries to match up with them and who Boucher sends them out against.