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Detroit Red Wings vs. Carolina Hurricanes: Updates, Lineups, Keys to the Game

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports



Detroit Red Wings

Anthony Mantha - Dylan Larkin - Darren Helm
Andreas Athanasiou - Frans Nielsen - Gustav Nyquist
Justin Abdelkader - Luke Glendening - Tyler Bertuzzi
Martin Frk - Wade Megan - Michael Rasmussen

Trevor Daley - Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser - Nick Jensen
Niklas Kronwall - Dennis Cholowski

Jonathan Bernier
Jimmy Howard

Carolina Hurricanes

Micheal Ferland - Sebastion Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Warren Foegele - Jordan Staal - Justin Williams
Jordan Martinook - Lucas Wallmark - Andrei Svechnikov
Brock McGinn - Clark Bishop - Phil Di Guiseppe

Haydn Fleury - Dougie Hamilton
Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Calvin de Haan - Justin Faulk

Scott Darling
Petr Mrazek

Keys to the Game

Stay Structured

Carolina has a lot of talent on their blue line, especially in terms of moving the puck and jumping into the play. Playing a loose and fast, run and gun kind of game against that type of talent will prove quite difficult. One missed assignment or a bad sort can very easily result in fishing the puck from the net. The Red Wings have looked better as the season has progressed, but they still have some issues keeping things straight defensively. This cannot happen tonight if they want to win.

Keep Up the Aggressive Forecheck

Last night the comeback was started by a fantastic Datsyukian type steal by Gustav Nyquist deep in the offensive zone. They were able to find the equalizer thanks in part to a long, consistent bout of pressure on the Rangers through an aggressive forecheck and board play. With the likes of Larkin, Athanasiou, Helm, Bertuzzi and Nyquist on the ice the Red Wings have the speed and skill to play this style and they will need to do so again tonight. This will allow them more chances on net against a team with shaky goaltending as well as force Carolina to use a lot more energy just getting into the zone instead of while they are in the zone.

Do Not Wait Until the Third Period

This is a bit tongue in cheek but it still rings true. While the comebacks the last two games have been fun and exciting, we all know it is not sustainable. They need to find ways to capture the fight and urgency they have had in the final stanza and spread it out over the other two periods.