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Red Wings @ Jets — Updates, Projected Lines and Keys to the Game

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Wings look to right the ship against the surging Jets

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Winnipeg Jets James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

Gameday Updates

Mike Green will return to action tonight for the Red Wings...

His right-handed shot should give their powerplay a boost as he slot back into the top unit.

On the other end of the rink, the Jets are coming off a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Minnesota Wild last night. It looks like Laurent Brossoit will get the start against the Wings — his last start was Dec. 22 where he stopped all 40 shots on the way to a 1-0 shutout win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Projected Lineups

Detroit Red Wings

These were the lines at yesterday’s practice — the forwards remain the same — and of course, Green will push Luke Witkowski out of the lineup.

The new defensive pairings will look like this...

Dennis CholowskiMike Green
Jonathan EricssonFilip Hronek
Niklas KronwallNick Jensen

Looks like Howard will get the Wild tomorrow:

Winnipeg Jets

Forwards

Kyle ConnorMark ScheifeleBlake Wheeler
Patrik LaineBryan LittleJack Roslovic
Mathieu PerreaultAdam LowryBrandon Tanev
Brendan LemieuxAndrew CoppMason Appleton

Defense

Josh MorrisseyJacob Trouba
Ben ChiarotTyler Myers
Dmitry KulikovJoe Morrow

Goalies

Laurent Brossoit
Connor Hellebuyck

Keys to the Game

Aggressive Defense

With Green set to return to the lineup the Wings should take advantage of his offensive-minded style. This is a team desperate for a win right now with just five of them since Dec. 1 and to keep up with the high-octane offense of the Jets, they will need to take some chances. Be smart about pinching at the blueline and try to help the forward group drive the offensive play in this game — aggressive over conservative.

Sprint out of the Gate

The Wings are 1-3-0 in January and have been outscored 15-10 in that span. They’ve only played with the lead once, blowing a 2-0 lead to the Calgary Flames in a 5-3 loss on Jan. 2. It’s important to play with the lead in this one as the Jets can strike quick with a potent offense. The key will be limiting their top line’s chances as both Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler have 50-plus points.