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

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NHL: Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

All quiet on the Red Wings front today as the team rested to lick their (high-sticking) wounds from last night.

Red Wings Lineup

Forwards

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

Defensemen

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

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek
Jared Coreau

Power Play Units

PP1 – Athanasiou, Nielsen, Abdelkader, Kronwall, Zetterberg

PP2 – Larkin, Helm, Mantha, Tatar, Green

Bruins Lineup

Forwards

Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron David Backes
Drew Stafford David Krejci David Pastrnak
Frank Vatrano Austin Czarnik Jimmy Hayes
Tim Schaller Dominic Moore Riley Nash

Defensemen

Zdeno Chara Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug Adam McQuaid
Kevan Miller Colin Miller

Goaltenders

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Power Play Units

PP1 – Marchand, Bergeron, Pastrnak, Krug, Spooner

PP2 – Stafford, Krejci, Backes, C. Miller, Vatrano

Keys to the Game

Marchand

He is the key to their offense so obviously slowing down Brad Marchand is a key to beating the Bruins. More importantly for the Red Wings in this one is to survive playing against him. With his penchant for cheap and/or dirty hits it is just as important for the Red Wings that they do not get anyone else hurt playing against him.

Start Fast, Play Fast

This has been said over and over again but if the Wings want to have a chance at winning this game they have got to start on time and they have got to find ways to use their speed to create chances offensively.

Embrace the Role of Spoiler

This is uncharted territory for the Red Wings. They are nearing mid-March with not much to play for besides pride. One thing that they can use to get up for games is the chance to have an effect on the playoff race, even if they are not in it. By playing spoiler. The lack of pressure on the players has a tendency to allow them to play a freer, more flowing game and can potentially get some players their confidence back while also figuring out some things for next season as well.