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Gameday Updates: San Jose at Detroit Red Wings: Line Combinations, Key Matchups

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Detroit Red Wings v San Jose Sharks Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images

Updated Lineups

DETROIT RED WINGS

Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Anthony Mantha
Tyler Bertuzzi - Dylan Larkin - Andreas Athanasiou
Tomas Tatar - Frans Nielsen – Darren Helm
Justin Abdelkader – Luke Glendening - Martin Frk

Danny DeKeyser – Nick Jensen
Niklas KronwallMike Green
Jonathan Ericsson – Trevor Daley

Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Power Play

PP1 – Athanasiou, Zetterberg, Mantha, Frk, Kronwall

PP2 – Nyquist, Larkin, Bertuzzi, Tatar, Green

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Timo Meier -- Logan Couture -- Kevin Labanc
Mikkel Boedker -- Joe Pavelski -- Chris Tierney
Melker Karlsson -- Tomas Hertl -- Joonas Donskoi
Marcus Sorensen -- Barclay Goodrow -- Joel Ward

Brent Burns -- Joakim Ryan
Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon -- Dylan DeMelo

Martin Jones
Aaron Dell

Power Play

PP1 – Hertl, Couture, Labanc, Pavelski, Burns

PP2Meier, Tierney, Donskoi, Vlasic, Demelo

Keys to the Game

Play Under Control

This Sharks team has a way of getting under your skin and getting a team off their game. The Red Wings will have to play smart and not let the chippiness and chirping get into their heads.

Hare Speed

While not exactly slow per say, no one is going to call the Sharks a fast skating team. Pittsburgh laid the blueprint on how to beat the Sharks in the Cup Finals two seasons ago and blueprint is still valid. Look for the usual suspects (Larkin, Athanasiou, Bertuzzi, Mantha) to push the pace when they can and try to catch San Jose flat footed on a break.

Tortoise Mind

While they need to use their speed to attack, they need to slow down their minds first. Too often in the first half it seemed like they would get caught trying to do too much or be too aggressive in the wrong spot and it would end up with the puck in their net or them missing the net completely on a golden chance in the offensive end. With a team as good as San Jose can be at forcing turnovers, a gifted goal or a missed opportunity could be all it takes for the Wings to take another L tonight.