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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Detroit Red Wings: Updates, Lineups, Keys to the Game

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Columbus Blue Jackets v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images

Updates

We haven’t seen any line updates after this morning’s skate, so this is all we have at this point.

Projected Lines

RED WINGS

Forwards

Tyler Bertuzzi Dylan Larkin Anthony Mantha
Bobby Ryan Michael Rasmussen Filip Zadina
Vladislav Namestnikov Valteri Filppula Sam Gagner
Mathias Brome Luke Glendening Frans Nielsen

Defensemen

Patrick Nemeth Filip Hronek
Danny DeKeyser John Merrill
Mark Staal Troy Stecher

Goalie

Jonathan Bernier
Thomas Greiss

BLUE JACKETS

Forwards

Mikhail Grigorenko Pierre-Luc Dubois Oliver Bjorkstrand
Nick Foligno Max Domi Cam Atkinson
Boone Jenner Alexandre Texier Emil Bemstrom
Liam Foudy Riley Nash Eric Robinson

Defensemen

Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Vladislav Gavrikov David Savard
Michael Del Zotto Dean Kukan

Goalie

Elvis Merzlikins
Joonas Korpisalo

Keys to the Game

Keep Shooting

The Wings played arguably their best period of hockey in this early 2020-21 campaign in the first period yesterday. Part of the reason is because they were aggressive on the puck (more on that in a minute) but part also was because they took shots when they were there and got those shots to the net. Not every shot is created equal for sure and they do not need to just start chucking pucks the second they get into the offensive zone, but a pretty good hockey player once said that you miss 100% of the shots you do not take.

Stay Aggressive on the Puck

This is something I have hounded on for years now and will continue to until they do it consistently. Detroit’s blue line is not great and no amount of stacking the neutral zone with forwards is going to change that this season. Teams are going to get their chances. The best way for Detroit to limit, or at least offset, that is by being aggressive on the puck from goal line to goal line. They have the talent to be an aggressive forechecking team as well and when the use it they have seen results. They just need to do it all the time, not just some of the time.

Manage the Energy

This plays in part with the aggressive forecheck as well. With this being the second of a back-to-back they need to manage their energy better this game or risk a similar situation like yesterday where they came out on fire but could not match Columbus’ intensity when they ratcheted it up as the game went on.