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Gameday Updates: Detroit Red Wings @ Anaheim Ducks: Line Combinations, Key Matchups

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Anaheim Ducks v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

No morning skate for the Wings on a back-to-back night, but we do have a nice thing Henrik Zetterberg said about a kid:

Some quick roster news from the other side, as we have a switch on defense

Updated Lineups

DETROIT RED WINGS

Forwards

Tyler Bertuzzi - Henrik ZetterbergGustav Nyquist

Anthony ManthaDylan LarkinDarren Helm

Andreas AthanasiouFrans NielsenJustin Abdelkader

Evgeny SvechnikovLuke GlendeningMartin Frk

Defense

Jonathan EricssonTrevor Daley

Danny DeKeyserMike Green

Niklas KronwallNick Jensen

Goalie

Jimmy Howard

Jared Coreau

Power Play

PP1 – Nyquist, Zetterberg, Abdelkader, Athanasiou, Kronwall

PP2 – Bertuzzi, Larkin, Mantha, Frk, Green

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Forwards

Rickard Rakell – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano – Ryan Kesler – Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie – Adam Henrique – Ondrej Kase

Chris Kelly – Derek Grant – J.T. Brown

Defense

Cam Fowler – Brandon Montour

Josh MansonHampus Lindholm

Francois Beauchemin – Korbinian Holzer

Goalie

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Power Play

PP1 – Henrique, Getzlaf, Rakell, Montour, Fowler

PP2 – Kase, Kesler, Perry, Lindholm, Silfverberg

Keys to the Game

Score

I know this is overly simple and obvious but if the Red Wings are going to win tonight they need to score some goals. In 32 games they have played in 2018 they have scored three or more goals 11 times. Right now, this is not a team that is going to win games 2-1 (in that same 32 games their opponents have scored three or more goals 25 times. They have to find ways to get the puck into the opposing net.

Get to the Net

This goes hand in hand with the first key. If they want more goals they are going to have to start getting the puck and bodies to the net. Be it through speed, strength or both they have to get into the home plate area with the puck more often. Once they get there they have to shoot and get it on net. No more ragging the puck along the perimeter. No more passing up a good-looking shot in hopes of finding a great one. No more trying to pick a corner on that good/great shot and missing the net (thus missing a chance of at least a rebound).

Stay away from the Goonery

This has been a frustrating road trip in the midst of a frustrating losing streak at the tail end of a frustrating season for the Red Wings. They are likely tired from playing last night as well as from the grind of a disappointing season. Anaheim is in a dog fight for a playoff spot, have some players who like to play on the edge and those players have no love lost for the Red Wings. The Wings will need to play smart and avoid the extracurriculars that always seem to find their way into a Wing-Ducks game.