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Gameday Updates: Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings: Line Combinations, Key Matchups

NHL: Preseason-Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings Diane Weiss-USA TODAY Sports

There’s basically nothing out there right now in regards to the Wings getting ready for tonight’s game, but they did skate this morning:

We also know they did some good work yesterday:

Updated Lineups


Gustav Nyquist – Henrik Zetterberg – Justin Abdelkader

Tomas Tatar – Dylan Larkin – Anthony Mantha

Darren HelmFrans NielsenLuke Glendening

Luke Witkowski– Andreas Athanasiou – Martin Frk

Danny DeKeyserMike Green

Jonathan EricssonTrevor Daley

Niklas Kronwall – Nick Jensen

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Power Play

PP1 – Nyquist, Zetterberg, Abdelkader, Tatar, Kronwall

PP2 – Athanasiou, Larkin, Mantha, Frk, Green


Brad Marchand – Patice Bergeron – David Pastranak

Jake DebruskDavid KrejciAnders Bjork

Danton HeinenRiley NashDavid Backes

Tim SchallerSean KuralyNoel Acciari

Zdeno CharaCharlie McAvoy

Torey KrugBrandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk – Paul Postma

Tukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Power Play

PP1 – Marchand, Bergeron, Pastranak, Krug, Heinen

PP2 – Debrusk, Backes, Bjork, McAvoy, Krejci

Keys to the Game

Capitalize on Chances

Th Red Wings have not played bad the last two games, despite losing both contests. They outplayed St. Louis and Florida during stretches of the game and had several top-quality chances to score in key moments, something they consistently failed to do. They cannot do that tonight against one of the better defenses in the league and hope to come away with two points. They have to find a way to be more efficient with their goal scoring.

Control Boston’s Top Line

As I said in the Morning Skate, Boston is almost exclusively reliant on the Marchand-Bergeron-Pastranak line for its offense. Slow them down and you have a very good chance at beating the Bruins. I suspect that will mean seeing a lot of Helm-Nielsen-Glendening against them. If you have a thing for defensive hockey this will be a fun match to watch and the winner there will likely win the game.

The Special Teams

Both teams have top 15 power plays and while the Red Wings have the number 11 penalty kill, Boston is fifth. This has all the makings of a game where the team that can capitalize with the man advantage wins.