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Gameday Updates: Detroit Red Wings at Edmonton Oilers: Line Combinations, Key Matchups

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Edmonton Oilers Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

No real updates today as the relatively early game today didn’t leave much for earlier, so we’ve got our key matchups and projected lines for you.

Projected Lineups

DetroitRed 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 Ericsson Trevor Daley
Xavier Ouellet Mike Green
Niklas Kronwall Nick Jensen
Goalie
Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Power Play

PP1 – Nyquist, Zetterberg, Abdelkader, Tatar, Kronwall

PP2 – Athanasiou, Larkin, Mantha, Frk, Green

Edmonton Oilers
LW C RW
Patrick Maroon Connor McDavid Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Anton Slepyshev
Drake Caggiula Ryan Strome Jussi Jokinen
Iiro Pakarinen Mark Letestu Zack Kassian
LD RD
Darnell Nurse Adam Larsson
Oscar Klefbom Matt Benning
Yohann Auvitu Kris Russell
G
Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit

Power Play

PP1 – Letestu, McDavid, Caggiula, Draisaitl, Klefbom

PP2 – Maroon, Strome, Lucic, Nugent-Hopkins, Benning

Keys to the Game

Bottle Up McDavid

Obviously easier said than done but the key to at least trying to stop Connor McDavid is not giving him space to work. His speed, hands and creativity are simply too good to defend against when he has the time and space to use them. They need to be aware of where #97 is at all times. As usual I would love to see Dylan Larkin’s line matched up with McDavid often as they are going to need the speed and skill of the ALM line if they hope to contain McDavid.

Do Not Allow an Early Goal

As I said in the Morning Skate, Edmonton has had issues consistently scoring goals this year. They have been either feast or famine, with a lot more famine then feast. The absolute last thing the Red Wings want to do against a team like that is to give up and early goal and allow them to get confidence and settle into a rhythm. Keep them pressing and looking for answers.