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Gameday Updates: Detroit Red Wings @ Boston Bruins: Line Combinations, Key Matchups

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Detroit Red WIngs v Boston Bruins Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Big news on big shots:

From the Boston side. Looks like we’ll avoid Rask at least

Updated Lineups

Detroit Red Wings

Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Anthony Mantha
Tyler Bertuzzi - Dylan Larkin - Andreas Athanasiou
Darren Helm - Frans NielsenJustin Abdelkader
Luke WitkowskiLuke Glendening - Martin Frk

Niklas KronwallTrevor Daley
Xavier Ouellet - Mike Green
Danny DeKeyserNick Jensen

Jared Coreau
Jimmy Howard

Power Play

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

Anton Khudobin
Zane McIntyre

Power Play

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.