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Gameday Updates: Detroit Red Wings at Vancouver Canucks: Line Combinations, Key Matchups

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In case you missed it, this happened:

Red Wings Lineup

Forwards

Tomas Tatar Henrik Zetterberg Anthony Mantha
Andreas Athanasiou Frans Nielsen Tomas Vanek
Dylan Larkin Darren Helm Justin Abdelkader
Luke Glendening Riley Sheahan Steve Ott

Defensemen

Dan DeKeyser Mike Green
Niklas Kronwall Ryan Sproul
Xavier Ouellet Nick Jensen

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek
Jared Coreau

Power Play Units

PP1 – Mantha, Nielsen, Abdelkader, Kronwall, Zetterberg

PP2 – Tatar, Helm, Vanek, Larkin, Green

Canucks Lineup

via Dailyfaceoff.com

Forwards

Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Jannik hansen
Reid Boucher Bo Horvat Loui Eriksson
Markus Granlund Brandon Sutter Jayson Megna
Joe Labate Brendan Gaunce Alexandre Grenier

Defensemen

Alexander Edler Troy Stecher
Luca Sbisa Philip Larsen
Ben Hutton Alex Biega

Goaltenders

Ryan Miller
Jacob Markstrom

Power Play Units

PP1 – Eriksson, Sedin, Sutter, Sedin, Stecher

PP2 – Boucher, Horvat, Megna, Edler, Larsen

Keys to the Game:

Start on Time

Everything about this game says the Red Wings should come out flat. It is on the West Coast. They are coming back after a week off. They have had issues all season starting on time. If they can overcome these issues and get out to a lead early and maybe get the Canucks to pack it in early.

Find and Play Their Game

Among other things, this team really lacks a identity on the ice. Consistent hockey teams know their identity and they play to it. Starting tonight the Red Wings have 22 games left in the season to figure out what they want their identity to be and how to play to it.

Stay Injury Free

They have been an issue for the Wings for several seasons now. Injuries to key players at key times seemed to derail things just as they were getting going. This time the Red Wings do not need to worry about key players being injured down the stretch run and into the playoffs. This time they need to worry about players being looked at by the rest of the league as trade deadline acquisitions getting injured.