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Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens: Updates, Lineups, Keys to the Game

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Updates

Breaking: The team that has played 12/6 in every game so far is playing 12/6.

Projected Lines

RED WINGS

Forwards

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

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

Goalies
Thomas Greiss
Alex Nedeljkovic

CANADIENS

Forwards

Mike Hoffman - Nick Suzuki - Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin - Christian Dvorak - Josh Anderson
Tyler Toffoli - Mathieu Perrault - Cole Caulfield
Artturi Lehkonen - Jake Evans - Joel Armia

Defense

Ben Chiarot - Jeff Petry
Alexander Romanov - David Savard
Sami Niku - Brett Kulak

Goaltender

Jake Allen
Samuel Montembault

Keys to the Game

Stick Together

Against the Flames a big part of why Detroit was out of sync was because passes were just a little bit later than players were expecting and they started creeping farther away from each other trying to get up ice. This led to harder passes to complete, less space up the ice, and more space for the counterattacks.

But Don’t Rely on your Sticks so Much

Poking the puck away from a player and then going off to the races is a great way to counterattack a desperate team. It’s also a great way to fail to slow them down at all. There’s nothing wrong with sweep checks, poke checks, and stick lifts, but nothing beats just flat out being in the guy’s way.

Special Teams

Montreal’s gonna get some power plays. Their PP is bad but don’t give it a chance to wake up against us. Strike on the chances you get instead (and hey, maybe score a shorty?)