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Gameday Updates: Detroit Red Wings @ Columbus Blue Jackets: Line Combinations, Key Matchups

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports


As of now (1:35), we haven’t gotten any info about the lines. If that changes, we’ll update accordingly.


Tyler Bertuzzi - Henrik Zetterberg – Gustav Nyquist
Anthony Mantha – Dylan Larkin – Darren Helm
Andreas Athanasiou – Frans Nielsen – Justin Abdelkader
Evgeny Svechnikov – Luke Glendening – Martin Frk

Jonathan Ericsson – Trevor Daley
Danny DeKeyser – Nick Jensen
Niklas Kronwall Joe Hicketts

Jimmy Howard
Tom McCollum

Columbus Blue Jackets

Artemi Panarin - Pierre-Luc Dubois - Cam Atkinson
Boone Jenner - Alexander Wennberg - Thomas Vanek
Sonny Milano - Brandon Dubinsky - Oliver Bjorkstrand
Markus Hannikainen - Mark Letestu - Matt Calvert

Zach Werenski - Seth Jones
Ian Cole - David Savard
Ryan Murray - Markus Nutivaara

Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo

Keys to the Game

Keep Leaning on the Kids

There’s not really much reason for Justin Abdelkader or Darren Helm to get too many minutes in this game. I’d like to see usage similar to last game where Bertuzzi played more than Abby, AA played more than Helm, and Hicketts played longer than Kronwall. Obviously, the kids should be expected to keep earning minutes and if they dog it then sitting is appropriate, but I want to see them not dogging it and getting rewarded for that.

At least Make Bobrovsky Work for it

Every time we play this guy he makes at least one jaw-dropping save and I’m tired of it. I want to see a Mantha-AA 2-on-0 against him actually finish for a change. That’s all I want. I don’t even want a win, just for that particular thing to happen.

Make John Tortorella Mad

There’s not much else to pull for on-ice other than the kids playing well and luck working against the Wings so I’m pulling for max entertainment and I’m maximally entertained when John Tortorella is getting upsetti in his spaghetti over silly things like he tends to do. I hope the refs blow an offside review and a goaltender interference challenge on the same play and he takes his shirt off.