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Red Wings vs. Jets — Updates, Projected Lines and Keys to the Game

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Wings battle the Jets, looking for their first win of the season on home ice

Winnipeg Jets v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Gameday Updates/Projected Lines

Jeff Blashill appears to be up to his old tricks again with the line juggling...

Darren Helm up on the top line? Okay then, Jeff.

Mike Green is expected to make his season debut after missing the first nine games with a liver infection. This should certainly be a welcomed addition to the 13th-ranked powerplay in the league...

Once Danny DeKeyser returns to the lineup — there are rumblings it could be next Tuesday yet — it will be interesting to see who gets the short end of the straw there. Maybe Joe Hicketts?

Winnipeg Jets Projected Lines

Forwards

Patrik LaineMark ScheifeleBlake Wheeler
Kyle ConnorBryan LittleNikolaj Ehlers
Andrew CoppAdam LowryBrandon Tanev
Brendan LemieuxJack RoslovicMathieu Perreault

Defense

Josh MorrisseyJacob Trouba
Ben ChiarotDustin Byfuglien
Dmitry KulikovTyler Myers

Goalies

Connor Hellebuyck
Laurent Brossoit

Keys to the Game

Answer the Call

Blashill called out his team this week, citing a lack of effort...

Prove him wrong. If he values everything that say Justin Abdelkader brings to the rink, then it’s up to leaders like that to take control of the locker room and push for a better effort tonight. Say what you want about Blashill, but if you’re not outworking your opponent, then you can’t expect to be handed a win.

Saving Grace

If the Wings are going to get back in the win column, then they need a better effort from their goaltending. The Wings are last in the NHL in goals against (38) and you can point the finger at a lacklustre defensive zone effort, but something has to give between the pipes. Goaltending shapes a team and can go a long way to building confidence in a roster. If Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Bernier do their part, then it could get this team back on track.