#RedWings Blashill said Hirose in but Kuffner not in tonight.— Dana Wakiji (@Dwakiji) March 19, 2019
MSG is amazing. The ice is on the 5th floor. Penn Station is in the basement. Our broadcast booth is on the 9th floor. pic.twitter.com/8YBaPMLsaO— Ken Kal (@KenKalDRW) March 19, 2019
Happy birthday, Vladdy! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Nr0FJcxBPJ— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 19, 2019
Darren Helm - Dylan Larkin - Anthony Mantha
Tyler Bertuzzi - Andreas Athanasiou - Luke Glendening
Thomas Vanek - Frans Nielsen - Taro Hirose
Christoffer Ehn - Jacob de la Rose - Michael Rasmussen
Danny DeKeyser - Filip Hronek
Niklas Kronwall - Madison Bowey
Brian Lashoff - Luke Witkowski
Chris Kreider - Mika Zibanejad - Ryan Strome
Vladislav Namestnikov - Brett Howden - Pavel Buchnevich
Jimmy Vesey - Lias Andersson - Brendan Lemieux
Jesper Fast - Boo Nieves - Connor Brickley
Marc Staal - Anthony DeAngelo
Brady Skjei - Neal Pionk
Fredrik Claesson - Kevin Shattenkirk
Keys to the Game
Get the Lead Early
Neither team is super duper awesome on offense so if someone can take an early lead that would be a huge boost. For Detroit this is especially true if they can get someone other than Dylan Larkin or Andreas Athanasiou to score it. Say, maybe a young player in his first or second NHL game? Hey, if it can happen to the Red Wings all the time why can’t it happen for them at least once?
Hold on to the Lead Late
Goals and leads (especially more than one goal leads) are a premium when they teams get together. That likely means this one is going to come down right to the end and the Red Wings have not been super proficient in holding leads lately. Hopefully there are in position to hold one today and can figure out how to do so.
Neither team is going anywhere this season so anything they can do find some fun on the ice will definitely make these easier for the team going into the offseason.