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Edmonton Oilers vs. Detroit Red Wings: Updates, Lineups, Keys to the Game

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NHL: New Jersey Devils at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Updates:

Lineups:

Red Wings

Darren Helm - Dylan Larkin - Anthony Mantha
Gustav Nyquist - Jacob de la Rose - Michael Rasmussen
Justin Abdelkader - Luke Glendening - Tyler Bertuzzi
Wade Megan - Martin Frk

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

Jimmy Howard
Jonathan Bernier

Oilers

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Connor McDavid - Drake Caggiula
Tobias Rieder - Leon Draisaitl - Alex Chiasson
Milan Lucic - Ryan Strome - Jesse Puljujarvi
Jujhar Khaira - Kyle Brodziak - Zack Kassian

Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Darnell Nurse - Kris Russell
Jason Garrison - Matt Benning

Mikko Koskinen
Cam Talbot

Keys to the Game

Keep Special Teams Special

Believe it or not, the Red Wings actually have a Top 10 Power Play (9th) and a Top 10 Penalty Kill (10th). Edmonton does not have a very good Penalty Kill (71.8%, 26th) and is just behind Detroit with the man advantage (22.2%, 13th). This sets up for an opportunity for the Red Wings to continue to find the back of the net on the man advantage.

Larkin vs. McDavid

There is not a lot to be said about this one. Connor McDavid is the unquestioned leader of his team, Dylan Larkin is well on his way to becoming the same for the Red Wings. If Larkin and his line can, at a minimum, match the output of McDavid’s line the Wings will have a shot at winning the game.

Limit the Defensive Lapses

The one thing that has continued for the Red Wings despite the recent winning is the turnovers and mistakes in their own zone. Some luck and solid goaltending has bailed them out but it is still a concern going forward. With players like McDavid and Draisaitl, one turnover is all they need to make a team pay.