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Gameday Updates: Montreal Canadiens @ Detroit Red Wings: Line Combinations, Key Matchups

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Also it looks like we may see both Booth and Witkowski in the lineup tonight:

So heres the updated lineup with AA on the fourth because Booth and Witkowski don’t play pivot.

Updated Lineups

DETROIT RED WINGS

Forwards

Tyler Bertuzzi - Henrik Zetterberg – Gustav Nyquist
Anthony Mantha – Dylan Larkin – Darren Helm
David Booth – Frans Nielsen – Justin Abdelkader
Luke Witkowski – Andreas Athansiou – Martin Frk

Defense

Jonathan Ericsson – Trevor Daley
Danny DeKeyser – Xavier Ouellet
Niklas Kronwall - Nick Jensen

Goalie

Jared Coreau
Jimmy Howard

Power Play

PP1 – Nyquist, Zetterberg, Abdelkader, Athanasiou, Kronwall
PP2 – Bertuzzi, Larkin, Mantha, Frk, Daley

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Forwards

Paul Byron – Jonathan Drouin – Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk – Jacob de la Rose – Artturi Lehkonen
Kerby Rychel – Logan Shaw – Charles Hudon
Daniel CarrMichael McCarron – Byron Froese

Defense

David Schlemko – Jeff Petry
Karl Alzner – Noah Juulsen
Jordie Benn – Brett Lernout

Goalie

Antti Niemi
Carey Price

Power Play

PP1 – Byron, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Drouin, Petry

PP2 – Hudon, Carr, Rychel, Lehkonen, Schlemko

Keys to the Game

Penalty Kill

Last time these two played the Red Wings gave up two power play goals in a 4-2 loss. Montreal is one of the few teams in the league with less goals this season than the Red Wings. The penalty kill has been up and down (mostly down) this season so they either need to be up tonight or the Red Wings need to stay out of the box.

Speed

This is said often as a key for the Red Wings. With players like Larkin, Athanasiou, Mantha and even Nyquist and Helm they have some talented skaters. Montreal is not the fleetest of foot on the back end, even with Shea Weber out. If they can find the space to get moving, they should be able to use it to get some good looks at goal.