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Gameday Updates: Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings: Line Combinations, Key Matchups

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NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Updates:

Also, unrelated to today, but still an update:

Updated Lineups

DETROIT RED WINGS

Anthony Mantha – Henrik Zetterberg – Gustav Nyquist
Tyler Bertuzzi – Dylan Larkin – Andreas Athanasiou
Tomas Tatar – Frans Nielsen – Martin Frk
Luke Witkowski –– Dominic Turgeon –– David Booth

Danny DeKeyser – Trevor Daley
Niklas KronwallMike Green
Jonathan Ericsson – Xavier Oullet

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Power Play

PP1 – Athanasiou, Zetterberg, Mantha, Frk, Kronwall

PP2 – Nyquist, Larkin, Bertuzzi, Tatar, Green

CAROLINA HURRICANES

Sebastian AhoJordan StaalTeuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinnVictor RaskElias Lindholm
Jeff SkinnerLucas Wallmark – Justin WIlliams
Joakim NordstromMarcus KrugerLee Stempniak

Jacob Slavin – Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin – Trevor van Riemsdyk
Klas DahlbeckHaydn Fleury

Scott Darling
Cam Ward

Power Play

PP1 – Aho, Staal, Lindholm, Teravainen, Faulk

PP2 – Skinner, McGinn, Williams, van Riemsdyk, Slavin

Keys to the Game

Push the Pace

The Red Wings have been able to win games when they push the pace of play and use their speed to their advantage. Carolina has quietly built a quality blue line that could slow the Red Wings down. This will be a fun matchup to watch.

Carolina’s Top 6

The Hurricanes have found some balanced offense from their forwards as five of the forwards in their top six have double digits goals. You know you are starting to build some depth up front when often forget perennial 30 goal scorer Jeff Skinner is on your third line. Carolina’s forwards are not the most physical bunch but they have a lot of skill and will be a handful for the Red Wings.

The Goalies

The likelihood for a soft goal or two tonight is relatively high. It is not to say that the goalies for each team have been bad per say, more inconsistent. If either team has to rely on their goalies to stop a ton of pucks it could be a long night for them.