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Red Wings vs Canucks: GDU, Lineups, Keys to the Game

NHL: OCT 14 Lightning at Red Wings Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Game Day Updates

From Friday’s practice the Wings projected lineup with Larkin out:

An update on Larkin’s health following the brutal hit from behind the other night, fingers crossed it was just a minor maintenance day for a player that won’t be in the lineup anyway:

The longer this goes on the more the concern grows:

Here’s how J.T. Miller capped off a great night after posting 2 goals and an assist in regulation, probably best to keep an eye on him:

The presumed starting goalies for tonight:

Vancouver likely trotting out the same lineup from last night

Lineups

Detroit

Forwards
Tyler Bertuzzi - Robby Fabbri - Lucas Raymond
Adam Erne - Pius Suter - Filip Zadina
Vladislav Namestnikov - Michael Rasmussen - Sam Gagner
Givani Smith - Mitchell Stephens - Carter Rowney

Defense
Danny DeKeyser - Filip Hronek
Nick Leddy - Moritz Seider
Marc Staal - Gustav Lindstrom

Goalies
Thomas Greiss
Alex Nedeljkovic

Vancouver

Forwards
J.T. Miller - Elias Pettersson - Nils Hoglander
Tanner Pearson - Bo Horvat - Conor Garland
Justin Dowling - Juho Lammikko - Vasily Podkolzin
Matthew Highmore - Jason Dickinson - Alex Chiasson

Defense
Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Tyler Myers
Quinn Hughes - Tucker Poolman
Jack Rathbone - Kyle Burroughs
Goalies
Jaroslav Halak
Thatcher Demko

Keys to the Game

1. Take Advantage of the Canucks on Back End of Back to Backs

It’s no secret that playing the second of back to backs against an opponent who is fresh is always an uphill battle. The Canucks are a top heavy team and they leaned heavily on those top players last night, all playing big minutes. That’s a good opportunity for the Wings to take advantage of. If Detroit can dictate a high paced game and keep it close heading into the 3rd period, the Canucks could run out of gas, or have to rely on the unproven portion of their lineup.

2. Show Some Teeth on the New Powerplay

With the powerplay now being run by Alex Tanguay, the unit showed some promise in the preseason and had many onlookers clamouring that the powerplay could be much more lethal this season. Well after one game the Wings do have a powerplay goal, but it was on a 4 on 3. At 5 on 4 the team did move the puck better than in previous seasons, with a notable increase in pace. But they didn’t seem to generate a ton of good chances. Albeit it was one game and against the defending Cup champs, but the powerplay needs to show it’s improvement, especially since the team is missing Larkin at 5 on 5.

3. Test Halak and the Canucks Depth

Jaroslav Halak is a proven netminder who has been around for a long time and is perfectly capable of strong play, even stealing a game. But this will be his first start of the season, and there can always be some rust to shake off. While the Red Wings only have one game under their belt themselves, it’s a bit more of an issue for the guy stopping the pucks to be a bit slow to react. Detroit should test him early and often to see if he’s ready for the season yet.

As noted before, the Canucks have some strong star power at the top of their lineup both offensively and defensively. But as you get into the lower half of their roster, there’s not a lot of names that most fans would even recognize. Nobody’s claiming Detroit’s depth is anything to be proud of, but this is a team they could jump on when the bottom lines and pairings are out there.