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Red Wings at Sabres Game Day Updates, Lines, Keys to the Game

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Updates

Reminder that Tuch is on IR and won’t be playing yet.

Red Wings Lines

Tyler Bertuzzi - Pius Suter - Lucas Raymond
Filip Zadina - Joe Veleno - Robby Fabbri
Vlad Namestnikov - Mitchell Stephens - Sam Gagner
Givani Smith - Michael Rasmussen - Adam Erne

Nick Leddy - Filip Hronek
Danny DeKeyser - Moritz Seider
Jordan Oesterle - Troy Stecher

Sabres Lines

Drake Caggiula - Dylan Cozens - Vinni Hinostroza
Jeff Skinner - Tage Thompson - Rasmus Asplund
Zemgus Girgensons - Cody Eakin - Kyle Okposo
Anders Bjork - Arttu Ruotsalainen - John Hayden

Rasmus Dahlin - Will Butcher
Jacob Bryson - Colin Miller
Robert Hagg - Mark Pysyk

Dustin Tokarski
Aaron Dell

Three Keys to the Game

Either Hit the Brakes or Hit the Gas

The biggest difference between the Wings that were fun a week ago and the Wings now that are less fun is skill level, but the second-biggest is how assertive they are. Wings have been doing more poke-and-hope and more uncertain plays. Sometimes they hold onto the puck too long for bad reasons, others they get rid of it too quickly. Everything is out of sync. Commit to either playing fast or slow but quit this in-between stuff.

Quit Taking the Lanes that are Given

There’s a reason defenders are happy to give you a lane between the circles and the boards when you’re actually able to enter the zone with possession: it’s so they can angle you off meekly to the half-wall. Lucas Raymond and Filip Zadina were doing a good job of playing that entry farther from the wall, which makes it harder to get pinched and opens room for cross-ice passes, but lately nobody has been challenging for those narrow margins.

Keep your Sticks on the Ice

Know what makes it hard to get rebounds in front? Having your stick at your waist. Yeah, I gather that it’s hard to keep great position in the dangerous areas of the ice because other people are messing with you. Mess back.