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Gameday Updates: New Jersey Devils at Detroit Red Wings: Line Combinations, Key Matchups

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Zetterberg 1000 edition

New York Ranges v Detroit Red Wings

Predicted Lineups

No morning skate today, so we don’t know if there are any lineup changes. Athanasiou could be back in today, which would of course be fun.

Red Wings

Forwards

Tomas Tatar Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist
Justin Abdelkader Dylan Larkin Matt Lorito
Darren Helm Frans Nielsen Riley Sheahan
Drew Miller Tomas Nosek Ben Street

Defensemen

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

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Devils

Forwards

Adam Henrique Travis Zajac Kyle Palmieri
Taylor Hall Pavel Zacha Michael Cammalleri
Beau Bennett Jacob Josefson Stefan Noesen
Miles Wood Blake Coleman Michael Kapla

Defensemen

Andy Greene Ben Lovejoy
John Moore Damon Severson
Jon Merrill Dalton Prout

Goaltenders

Cory Schneider
Keith Kinkaid

Power Play Unit

Here’s the power play units from yesterday. This could change if Athanasiou is back in the lineup.

Keys to the Game

Teary Eyes and Full Hearts

It’s going to be an emotional night, the actual game will be a relief from the nonstop barrage of memories and tributes and give you a chance to grab more tissues. It would be the most Red Wings thing ever to lose badly, especially in front of all the alumni, but hopefully the feelings factor will be in our favor and propel us to a solid victory.

A Bunch of Kids and an Old Goat

Tonight is game number 1000 for Henrik Zetterberg, and as Holmstrom got a snowmobile on his anniversary I only expect Zetterberg to receive some sort of Cinderella carriage or an Ikea branded blimp. Due to various circumstances we’ve had a chance to get a glimpse at a lot of kids and gotten a better idea of where this team is headed. With Zetterberg’s leadership and the kids’ energy, and if Blashill stays out of the way, this team could put together a decent new foundation and it will be interesting to see how things pan out over the summer.