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Gameday Updates: Detroit Red Wings @ Toronto Maple Leafs: Line Combinations, Key Matchups

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Detroit Red Wings v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

Teddy seems ready for things to be over, huh?

Updated Lineups

DETROIT RED WINGS

Forwards

Tyler Bertuzzi - Henrik Zetterberg – Gustav Nyquist

Anthony Mantha – Dylan Larkin – Darren Helm

Andreas Athanasiou – Frans Nielsen – Justin Abdelkader

Evgeny Svechnikov – Luke Glendening – Martin Frk

Defense

Jonathan Ericsson – Trevor Daley

Danny DeKeyser – Nick Jensen

Niklas Kronwall – Luke Witkowski

Goalie

Jimmy Howard

Jared Coreau

Power Play

PP1 – Nyquist, Zetterberg, Abdelkader, Athanasiou, Kronwall

PP2 – Bertuzzi, Larkin, Mantha, Frk, Green

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Forwards

Zach HymanAuston Matthews – William Nylander

Patrick Marleau – Nazem Kadri – Mitch Marner

James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Connor Brown

Andreas Johnsson – Tomas Plekanec – Kasperi Kapanen

Defense

Morgan Rielly – Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner – Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott – Roman Polak

Goalie

Frederik Andersen

Curtis McElhinney

Power Play

PP1 – Kadri, Bozak, van Riemsdyk, Marner, Rielly

PP2 – Brown, Matthews, Nylander, Marleau, Gardiner

Keys to the Game

Be Smart

Toronto is very good at transitioning the puck. The Red Wings have had issues at times this season with being caught flat footed or maybe not working as hard as they need to in the offensive zone. Do that against Toronto and the puck is going to find the back of your net.

Score

This probably sounds very obvious but for a team that has the fourth fewest goals in the league going up against the second highest scoring team, if they cannot find a way to score more than one or two goals they are not going to win this game.

Shine on Youngster

This is not so much a key to winning the game as it is a key aspect for the Red Wings for this game and hopefully the rest of the season. We have seen some good progress from the young forwards and that needs to continue. Hopefully Evgeny Svechnikov can settle in now after scoring his first NHL goal a couple games back and have a good eight game stretch to keep him hungry through the offseason and into next year’s camp. Being able to add him to the list along with Larkin, Mantha, Athanasiou, Bertuzzi and hopefully Rasmussen would give the Wings a forward core with promise to build around.