#RedWings Blashill said he expects Green to play but someone else is questionable due to illness.— Dana Wakiji (@Dwakiji) March 2, 2018
So, it seems like Green will be in, but there hasn’t been any information as to who the mystery possible scratch is.
DETROIT RED WINGS
Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Anthony Mantha
Tyler Bertuzzi - Dylan Larkin - Andreas Athanasiou
Darren Helm - Frans Nielsen – Justin Abdelkader
David Booth – Luke Glendening - Martin Frk
Jonathan Ericsson – Trevor Daley
Niklas Kronwall – Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser – Nick Jensen
Kyle Connor - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler
Nikolaj Ehlers - Paul Stastny - Patrik Laine
Mathieu Perreault - Bryan Little - Jack Roslovic
Matt Hendricks - Andrew Copp - Joel Armia
Josh Morrissey - Tyler Myers
Toby Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien
Ben Chiarot - Dmitry Kulikov
Keys to the Game
Don’t Overcoach this Game
Jeff Blashill isn’t going to control the matchups and that’s ok. Let the Jets decide how they want to match and focus on allocating ice time well. Larkin and Mantha played decently heavy minutes in St. Louis, but neither Tyler Bertuzzi nor Andreas Athanasiou cracked 15 minutes. I think we’re at a point in the season where Henrik Zetterberg probably shouldn’t be playing 21 minutes and you’re at a point where Martin Frk should get more than 8. Hell, why even play David Booth if you can’t find more than four minutes for him to play? I know ice time is basically one of the few ways a coach can provide feedback to his players, so maybe what I’m hoping for is performances from the kids to grab 21 minutes of that time in this game.
Rediscover the Art of Shorthanded Aggression
Remember earlier in the season when the Red Wings really attacked PP units and created shorthanded goals and it was fun and also the Red Wings’ penalty kill was pretty good? They’re playing a Jets team with a very good PP that will pick them apart if they’re passive. I’d rather give up PP goals as a result of missing on being too aggressive than give up PP goals as a result of the inevitability of Patrik Laine getting scoring chances handed to him thanks to overcollapsing defenders.
Open Things Up
I’m torn on this one because the kids do need to practice “winning hockey habits”, which don’t necessarily lend themselves well to trying to win a track meet against one of the best offensive teams in the league, but I’ll also tell you honestly as a fan that there have been a lot of boring games this season and if I’m going to spend my Friday night tuning in to a team floundering their way into the end of their season in April, I’d rather be entertained by the process yielding some results than just cheering to make sure Anthony Mantha’s backchecking is appropriate. Keep jumping defenders into the play and keep pressure on the Jets’ puck carriers to turn the puck over for real-life transition opportunities. Play fun, damnit.