In the morning skate, Detroit’s fourth line had both Christopher Ehn and Jacob de la Rose at center, so we’re not sure what that line will look like tonight.
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Tyler Bertuzzi - Dylan Larkin - Anthony Mantha
Taro Hirose - Andreas Athanasiou - Luke Glendening
Adam Erne - Frans Nielsen - Valtteri Filppula
Darren Helm - Jacob de la Rose - Justin Abdelkader
Danny DeKeyser - Filip Hronek
Patrick Nemeth - Mike Green
Dennis Cholowski - Trevor Daley
Craig Smith - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Filip Forsberg - Matt Duchene - Mikael Granlund
Rocco Grimaldi - Kyle Turris - Calle Jarnkrok
Colton Sissons - Nick Bonino - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - Dante Fabbro
Dan Hamuis - Yannick Weber
Keys to the Game
Battle of the centers!
Both teams have a lot of centers in their lineup. Nashville’s are better on paper (duh). They’ve already had their emotional high home opener, so the Wings should jump out of the gate and make Kyle Turris do Kyle Turris baby things.
I’m not sure how good Detroit’s PK is going to be this season and I’d like to take as long as possible to figure that out. I’d much rather explore how good their PP will look. Let’s give that a try.
It’s time for new rules!
Most of the rule changes this off-season aren’t major, but both teams are going to adapt to situations that have been ingrained into them for years, so we’ll see if that ends up having an impact.