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Gameday Updates: Ottawa Senators at Detroit Red Wings: Line Combinations, Key Matchups

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NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

In case you missed it, the Red Wings called up 2015 first round pick Evgeny Svechnikov for tonight’s game as an emergency replacement for Drew Miller who is out with the flu. According to Ansar Khan, Svechnikov will skate on a line with Justin Abdelkader and Dylan Larkin. Also according to Khan, Andreas Athanasiou skated with Ben Street and Tomas Nosek in practice this morning but said he might switch with Riley Sheahan for the game (I made the switch already because frankly I would prefer to see Athanasiou skate on a line with Frans Nielsen and Darren Helm).

As for Ottawa, fellow 2015 first round pick Colin White will indeed make his NHL debut tonight as he slots into the lineup in place of Ryan Dzingel.

Updated Lineups

Red Wings

Forwards

Tomas Tatar Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist
Justin Abdelkader Dylan Larkin Evgeny Svechnikov
Darren Helm Frans Nielsen Andreas Athanasiou
Riley Sheahan Tomas Nosek Ben Street

Defensemen

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

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek (starting)

Power Play

PP1 – Nyquist, Zetterberg, Abdelkader, Kronwall, Tatar

PP2 – Athanasiou, Larkin, Sheahan, Nielsen, Green

Senators

Forwards

Bobby Ryan Kyle Turris Mark Stone
Viktor Stalberg Derick Brassard Mike Hoffman
Alexandre Burrows Jean-Gabriel Pageau Tom Pyatt
Chris Kelly Colin White Tommy Wingels

Defensemen

Fredrik Claesson Chris Wideman
Jyrki Jokipakka Dion Phaneuf
Mark Borowiecki Ben Harpur

Goaltenders

Craig Anderson (starting)
Mike Condon

Power Play Unit

PP1 – Hoffman, Turris, Stone, Brassard, Karlsson

PP2 – Smith, Dzingel, Ryan, Phaneuf, Ceci

Players to Watch

Evgeny Svechnikov

It is always fun to watch a very promising prospect make his NHL debut. Svechnikov is a big bodied type who loves to score, something the Red Wings could desperately need more of next season. This is a chance for him to get a taste of the NHL before a hopefully a long and successful playoff run in Grand Rapids and hopefully a legit shot at a roster spot with the Red Wings to start next season.

Andreas Athanasiou

Easily the most electric and exciting player on the Red Wings right now (especially with Anthony Mantha out with a broken hand) it is almost impossible to stay in your seat when Athanasiou has the puck on his stick…especially if he has the room to get a full head of steam going. He also needs two more goals in the last four games to reach the 20 goal mark, something I am sure he is hoping to accomplish on the eve of his contract negotiation this offseason.