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New York Rangers vs. Detroit Red Wings: Updates, Lineups, Keys to the Game

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Updates:

Howard is your starter:

Power Play units based on yesterday’s practice (today’s morning skate is optional)

It looks like Athanasiou and Nielsen will play.

Lineups:

Red Wings

Darren Helm - Dylan Larkin - Anthony Mantha
Gustav Nyquist - Frans Nielsen - Andreas Athanasiou
Justin Abdelkader - Luke Glendening - Tyler Bertuzzi
Martin Frk - Jacob de la Rose - Michael Rasmussen

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

Jimmy Howard
Jonathan Bernier

Rangers

Vladislav Namestnikov - Mika Zibanejad - Pavel Buchnevich
Chris Kreider - Kevin Hayes - Ryan Spooner
Jimmy Vesey - Brett Howden - Jesper Fast
Filip Chytil - Lias Andersson - Vinni Letierri

Brady Skej - Anthony DeAngelo
Marc Staal - Neal Pionk
Brendan Smith - Kevin Shattenkirk

Henrik Lundqvist
Alexandar Georgiev

Keys to the Game

Special Teams

The Red Wings Power Play has worked well lately, connecting on 26% of their chances with the man advantage. Conversely, the Rangers have struggled some with killing off penalties, giving up goals at almost the same rate. This is an area that the Red Wings must take advantage off if they are to walk away with the two points.

Finish

It was touched on in the Morning Skate, when facing a team with an elite level goalie you must finish the few chances you get to have a chance at winning. Make no mistake about Henrik Lundqvist being an elite goalie. The Red Wings have had their issues finishing this season. Be it hard work, skill or a sacrifice of a bucket of fried chicken in the locker room before the game…the Red Wings must find a way to turn these near misses into goals tonight.

Play aggressively smart

Along the lines with the first key, New York has a few players on their roster that simply have a penchant for letting their aggressive play find them in the penalty box. The Wings need to stay focused and not get drawn into a chippy, physical game with New York and negate some of those overaggressive plays go from a power play to a four on four situation.