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Red Wings vs. Golden Knights — Updates, Projected Lines and Keys to the Game

Wings look to capitalize on reeling Knights and grab fourth straight win

Vagas Golden Knights v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Gameday Updates

Most-imporantly to start today after the optional morning skate:

Projected Lines

Red Wings Lineup


With the skate being optional, we’re stuck with guessing, but based on these tweets, submit your own best guess

Knights Lineup

Jonathan MarchessaultWilliam KarlssonValentin Zykov
Max PaciorettyPaul StastnyAlex Tuch
Brandon PirriCody EakinReilly Smith
Ryan Carpenter — Pierre-Edouard Bellemare — Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabbNate Schmidt
Shea TheodoreDeryk Engelland
Jon MerrillColin Miller

Marc-Andre Fleury
Maxime Lagace

Keys to the Game

Protect the Lead

During their three-game win streak, the Wings have drawn first blood in all three contests and managed to keep the lead. For the most part the Wings were the aggressor, except for a 35-save shutout by Jonathan Bernier over the Ottawa Senators. They’ve managed to limit second chances for opposing teams and playing sound defense in their own zone.

The Golden Knights are battled-tested with some good veteran forwards, so this should be a good test for the Wings on their home ice. Despite dropping four of their last five games, Vegas is well-coached and always plays a competitive style that even when behind can allow them the chance to climb back into hockey games. If the Wings get the lead, they will need to continue to be strong on the puck and weather Vegas’s speed on the forecheck.