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Gameday Updates: Lightning at Red Wings updated line combinations, key matchups

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Tampa Bay Lightning v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Here are your gameday updates!

Nyquist in, Helm out (possible to return on Sunday). Mrazek starting.

Red Wings

Forwards

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

Defensemen

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

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Lightning

Forwards

Ondrej Palat Brayden Point Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn Vladislav Namestnikov Jonathan Drouin
JT Brown Gabriel Dumont Luke Witkowski
Adam Erne Yanni Gourde Joel Vermin

Defensemen

Victor Hedman Jake Dotchin
Slater Koekkoek Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn Andrej Sustr

Goaltenders

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Peter Budaj

Key Matchups

Stop Nikita Kucherov:
This is pretty much the key every single time we play the Lightning. Nikita Kucherov is a Red Wing-killer. Not to mention, he had a hat-trick last night. So, uh, stop him at all costs. I’d put the Zetterberg line on him as much as possible.

Burn out TBL’s blue line:
Utilize the speed of Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou to wear out the Bolts’ defense. This should hopefully create more space for the top lines.

Keep on keepin’ on, power play:
The power play has been much better as of late. Let’s keep doing that, because it makes this team THAT much better. Not like it’s hard, or anything.