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Gameday Updates: Detroit Red Wings at Colorado Avalanche: Line Combinations, Key Matchups

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NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The only change from lines this morning is that Miller is in for Callahan. Diggers reporting Howard will start tonight. There’s also this:

Look at that commitment to shot-blocking.

Updated Lineups

Red Wings

Forwards

Tomas Tatar Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist
Anthony Mantha Frans Nielsen Darren Helm
Andreas Athanasiou Dylan Larkin Justin Abdelkader
Drew Miller Riley Sheahan Luke Glendening

Defensemen

Dan DeKeyser Nick Jensen
Niklas Kronwall Mike Green
Xavier Ouellet Robbie Russo

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Power Play

PP1 – Nyquist, Nielseon, Abdelkader, Kronwall, Zetterberg

PP2 – Tatar, Larkin, Mantha, Athanasiou, Green

Avalanche

Forwards

Gabriel Landeskog Matt Duchene Mikko Rantanen
Sven Andrighetto Nathan MacKinnon Rene Bourque
JT Compher Carl Soderberg Joe Colburne
Blake Comeau John Mitchell Matthew Nieto

Defensemen

Erik Johnson Mark Barberio
Fedor Tyutin Tyson Barrie
Francois Beauchemin Anton Lindholm

Goaltenders

Calvin Pickard
Jeremy Smith

Power Play

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.

Stay Focused

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.