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Red Wings vs Flames — Gameday Updates, Projected Lineups and Keys to the Game

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Gameday Updates

The Red Wings posted this great video today:

As of when this article posts, there aren’t any other lineup updates.

Projected Lineups

Red Wings Lineup

Forwards

Robby Fabbri - Dylan Larkin - Anthony Mantha
Tyler Bertuzzi - Valtteri Filppula - Andreas Athanasiou
Darren Helm - Frans Nielsen - Luke Glendening
Adam Erne - Cristoffer Ehn - Justin Abdelkader (Perlini extra)

Defense

Patrik Nemeth - Alex Biega
Madison Bowey - Mike Green
Trevor Daley - Gustav Lindstrom

Goalies

Jonathan Bernier
Jimmy Howard

Flames Lineup

Forwards

Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Elias Lindholm
Andrew Mangiapane - Mikael Backlund - Matthew Tkachuk
Milan Lucic - Sam Bennett - Dillon Dube
Tobias Reider - Mark Jankowski - Derek Ryan

Defense

Noah Hanifin - Rasmus Andersson
T.J. Brodie - Michael Stone
Oliver Kylington - Brandon Davidson

Goalies

David Rittich
Cam Talbot

Keys to the Game

Don’t Get Hurt:

The worst result from tonight’s game would be a player who may be traded, like Mike Green, getting hurt. I still think my sumo suit idea from the Morning Skate is the safest play, but I’m being told that’s not going to happen.

Let’s Have Fun Out There:

Even though the team has known they weren’t going to make the playoffs for a while now, it’s another thing to know that you are officially eliminated. In my opinion, Detroit’s players have looked like they were afraid to make a mistake for long stretches of time recently. I’m certainly not saying players shouldn’t care about winning or losing, but Detroit plays best when they are looking for the good play, not deferring to the safe play all the time.

Give our Zamboni Driver a Chance in Goal

Detroit has been looking for the next option in goal, and maybe the solution has been right under its nose the whole time! Last night, Carolina beat Toronto, with the Marlies’ zamboni driver playing over a period in net. We’re out of the playoffs, let’s go crazy.