The only change from lines this morning is that Miller is in for Callahan. Diggers reporting Howard will start tonight. There’s also this:
On the way to the morning skate a golfer hit an errant tee shot and it hit the team bus.Put a nice ding in the windshield. All ok.Bad golfer— Ken Kal (@KenKalDRW) March 15, 2017
Look at that commitment to shot-blocking.
|Tomas Tatar||Henrik Zetterberg||Gustav Nyquist|
|Anthony Mantha||Frans Nielsen||Darren Helm|
|Andreas Athanasiou||Dylan Larkin||Justin Abdelkader|
|Drew Miller||Riley Sheahan||Luke Glendening|
|Dan DeKeyser||Nick Jensen|
|Niklas Kronwall||Mike Green|
|Xavier Ouellet||Robbie Russo|
PP1 – Nyquist, Nielseon, Abdelkader, Kronwall, Zetterberg
PP2 – Tatar, Larkin, Mantha, Athanasiou, Green
|Gabriel Landeskog||Matt Duchene||Mikko Rantanen|
|Sven Andrighetto||Nathan MacKinnon||Rene Bourque|
|JT Compher||Carl Soderberg||Joe Colburne|
|Blake Comeau||John Mitchell||Matthew Nieto|
|Erik Johnson||Mark Barberio|
|Fedor Tyutin||Tyson Barrie|
|Francois Beauchemin||Anton Lindholm|
PP1 – Landeskog, MacKinnon, Compher, Barberio, Barrie
PP2 – Bourque, Duchene, Rantanen, Johnson, Andrighetto
Keys to the Game:
Take Care of the Puck
The Red Wings have been better in the offensive zone creating chances, even if they have not consistently converted them. Their biggest bugaboo continues to be turnovers and defensive miscues. Fixing this issue is important to winning a game against a team struggling to score goals as well as to improving things long term.
Lean Hard on the Future
Ok, so this is more a long-term key and not so much one for this game but the Red Wings are all but eliminated from the playoffs so at this point there is no reason that the likes of Henrik Zetterberg, Frans Nielsen and Niklas Kronwall should continue to log a lot of minutes while the younger players on the roster are sheltered. While no player is going to intentionally lose a game, there is not really anything hurt by letting the kids log some important minutes down the stretch and see if they can handle it.
This can mean on the game itself or the rest of the season. Either way losing focus at the end of essentially a lost season can cause bad habits to creep in or even injuries.