All quiet on the Red Wings front today as the team rested to lick their (high-sticking) wounds from last night.
From B's practice: Stafford warming up on left of Krejci and Pastrnak. Czarnik centering Hayes/Vatrano. Cehlarik and Beleskey odd men out— StanleyCup ofChowder (@cupofchowdah) March 8, 2017
Red Wings Lineup
|Gustav Nyquist||Henrik Zetterberg||Tomas Tatar|
|Andreas Athanasiou||Frans Nielsen||Anthony Mantha|
|Justin Abdelkader||Darren Helm||Dylan Larkin|
|Luke Glendening||Riley Sheahan||Drew Miller|
|Dan DeKeyser||Mike Green|
|Niklas Kronwall||Nick Jensen|
|Xavier Ouellet||Robbie Russo|
Power Play Units
PP1 – Athanasiou, Nielsen, Abdelkader, Kronwall, Zetterberg
PP2 – Larkin, Helm, Mantha, Tatar, Green
|Brad Marchand||Patrice Bergeron||David Backes|
|Drew Stafford||David Krejci||David Pastrnak|
|Frank Vatrano||Austin Czarnik||Jimmy Hayes|
|Tim Schaller||Dominic Moore||Riley Nash|
|Zdeno Chara||Brandon Carlo|
|Torey Krug||Adam McQuaid|
|Kevan Miller||Colin Miller|
Power Play Units
PP1 – Marchand, Bergeron, Pastrnak, Krug, Spooner
PP2 – Stafford, Krejci, Backes, C. Miller, Vatrano
Keys to the Game
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.