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New Jersey Devils vs Detroit Red Wings: Updates, Lineups, Keys to the Game

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NHL: New Jersey Devils at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Updates

Lineups

DETROIT

(warning: guessing ahead)

Tyler Bertuzzi - Dylan Larkin - Anthony Mantha
Taro Hirose - Andreas Athanasiou - Luke Glendening
Darren Helm - Christoffer Ehn - Ryan Kuffner
Matt Puempel - Martin Frk

Niklas Kronwall - Filip Hronek
Danny DeKeyser - Madison Bowey
Luke Witkowski - Dylan McIlrath
Jake Chelios

Jonathan Bernier
Jimmy Howard

NEW JERSEY

Blake Coleman - Travis Zajac - Stefan Noesen
Kenny Agostino - Nico Hischier - Kyle Palmieri
Miles Wood - Pavel Zacha - Joey Anderson
Drew Stafford - Kevin Rooney - Michael McLeod

Andy Greene - Damon Severson
Will Butcher - Steven Santini
Mirco Mueller - Connor Carrick

Cory Schneider
Mackenzie Blackwood

Keys to the Game

Put the Pressure on Early

New Jersey has issues scoring and keeping teams from scoring (as we mentioned in the Morning Skate). If the Red Wings can use their speed and skill up top with Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, Anthony Mantha, etc. to pressure early and get a goal or two that could be all they need.

Stay Strong Late

If they are in a situation where they have the lead late the Wings need to stay smart and simple with their game plan, something they have struggled with at times this season and it has cost them points along the way. It may not mean anything this season but learning how to close out close games is a skill the younger core players on the roster need to learn in order to progress and challenge for a playoff spot let alone win playoff games.

Have Fun

This is always an important aspect to winning hockey, but more so when you are closing out a tough rebuilding season like the Red Wings have had this year.