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Red Wings @ Devils — Updates, Projected Lines and Keys to the Game

Red Wings look to put a stop to the Devils’ two-game win streak

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Gameday Updates

There was no morning skate for the Wings and it as probably for the best as they had quite the evening on Thursday just to be able to make it into Newark for today’s game. Jeff Blashill mentioned that Jacob de la Rose could be available for this one after missing some time with an upper-body injury.

On the other end of the rink, the Devils have been without their young stud, Nico Hischier, for the past two games as he also deals with an upper-body injury. Sounds like he will be a game-time call for this one. Also, still no update on defenseman Sami Vatanen and his availability for today...

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Red Wings Projected Lines

Forwards

Darren HelmDylan LarkinAnthony Mantha
Gustav NyquistFrans NielsenAndreas Athanasiou
Justin AbdelkaderLuke GlendeningTyler Bertuzzi
Martin Frk — Jacob De La Rose — Michael Rasmussen

Defense

Trevor DaleyMike Green
Niklas KronwallDennis Cholowski
Danny DeKeyserNick Jensen

Goalies

Jimmy Howard
Jonathan Bernier

Devils Projected Lines

Forwards

Taylor HallTravis ZajacKyle Palmieri
Marcus JohanssonPavel ZachaJesper Bratt
Blake Coleman — Brent Seney — Joey Anderson
Miles Wood — Jean-Sebastien Dea — Stefan Noesen

Defense

Mirco Mueller — Yegor Yakovlev*
Andy GreeneDamon Severson
Will ButcherBen Lovejoy

Goalies

Keith Kinkaid
Cory Schneider

Keys to the Game

Puck Possession

The last time these two teams met was a short while ago on Nov. 1 that saw the Wings slip past the Devils, 4-3. If the Wings want the same result, they will have to repeat the possession time. It all starts in the faceoff circle and in that game, the Wings won 59.3% of the draws, while finishing with a 52.3 CF% as a team — pretty strong numbers. Controlling the play will open up more scoring chances and this Wings team has been finding production from their Top 9 as of late, so the possession metrics will be a big contributor to their success today.

Play Aggressive

The Devils could be without one of their top scorers in Hischier for the third straight game — 12 points in 15 games — and they’ve had to rely on Zacha to fill his void on the second line. Zacha by the way is pointless in 12 games this season. Take the play to the Devils out of the gate and use your speed to force mistakes as their depth is lacking without the 19-year-old in the lineup.