Big news on big shots:
#RedWings Blashill confirms Coreau starting, Frk back in lineup.— Dana Wakiji (@Dwakiji) March 6, 2018
From the Boston side. Looks like we’ll avoid Rask at least
Lineup updates per Bruce Cassidy:— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 6, 2018
Tommy Wingels is in for Noel Acciari tonight.
Matt Grzelcyk will play on the third pair next to Kevan Miller.
Nick Holden will play on the right alongside Torey Krug.
Anton Khudobin will start.
Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Anthony Mantha
Tyler Bertuzzi - Dylan Larkin - Andreas Athanasiou
Darren Helm - Frans Nielsen – Justin Abdelkader
Luke Witkowski – Luke Glendening - Martin Frk
Niklas Kronwall – Trevor Daley
Xavier Ouellet - Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser – Nick Jensen
PP1 – Nyquist, Zetterberg, Abdelkader, Mantha, Kronwall
PP2 – Bertuzzi, Larkin, Athanasiou, Frk, Green
Brad Marchand – Riley Nash – David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk – David Krejci – Rick Nash
Danton Heinen – David Backes – Brian Gionta
Tim Schaller – Sean Kuraly – Tommy Wingels
Zdeno Chara – Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug – Nick Holden
Matt Grzelcyk - Kevan Miller
PP1 – Vesey, Zibanejad, Zuccarello, Buchnevich, Skjei
PP2 – Miller, Desharnais, Hayes, DeAngelo, Gilmour
Keys to the Game
Win the Game Against Boston’s Top Line
Blashill will not get the matchup he wants often tonight against Boston’s top line. No matter who is out on the ice against Pastrnak, Marchand and Riley Nash they need to find ways to slow down that line. If they can do that they have a shot of at least getting the game to overtime.
Capitalize on Chances
As I said in the Morning Skate, Boston is a very good shot/goal suppression team. The Red Wings cannot afford to squander what few chances they get. They have to hit the net with their shots, dig for rebounds and find away to get a couple behind the goalie.
Speed, Speed and Speed
Boston is really good at many things, but speed is not one of them. This is one area the Red Wings can and absolute must exploit. But it cannot just be speed, it has to be speed with a purpose. They have to use it to push the pace when possible and being aggressive on the forecheck.