Gagner and Timashov will not be in the lineup tonight. Also:
#RedWings Blashill said he doesn’t anticipate Erne being available tonight. He said Goloubef will play but not likely to play a lot.— Dana Wakiji (@Dwakiji) February 25, 2020
Red Wings Lineup
Robby Fabbri - Dylan Larkin - Anthony Mantha
Tyler Bertuzzi - Valtteri Filppula - Brendan Perlini
Darren Helm - Frans Nielsen - Luke Glendening
Christoffer Ehn - Justin Abdelkader
Patrik Nemeth - Alex Biega
Madison Bowey - Trevor Daley
Jonathan Ericsson - Gustav Lindstrom
Jack Hughes - Nico Hischier - Kyle Palmieri
Jesper Bratt - Pavel Zacha - Nikita Gusev
Joey Anderson - Travis Zajac - Miles Wood
John Hayden - Michael McLeod - Kevin Rooney -
Mirco Mueller - P.K. Subban
Dakota Mermis - Damon Severson
Fredrik Claesson - Connor Carrick
Keys to the Game
Key One: Start Off Strong
The Devils traded a forward and a defenseman as well yesterday. Both teams will be adjusting to not having those players in the lineup, although Detroit also played last game without Green and Athanasiou, so maybe they have a head start? Regardless, they need to come out strong.
Key Two: No Second Period Collapse
Detroit’s team has a very bad habit of falling apart in a short period of time in the second period. While NJ is not doing very well this season, they have some offensive firepower, and they can take advantage of any lapses.
Key Three: Let’s Get Physical
Detroit has played well this season in stretches when the team has played more physically. That doesn’t mean fighting or taking bad penalties. Forecheck aggressively and finish checks.