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Red Wings vs. Predators - Gameday Updates, Projected Lineups and Keys to the Game

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Gameday Updates

Morning Skate...

Projected Lineups

Detroit Red Wings

Well, perhaps Jeff Blashill could give Evgeny Svechnikov a look on the third line instead of the guy that just cleared waivers?

I know who might give this powerplay a boost — SVECHNIKOV!

Nashville Predators

Forwards

Filip Forsberg - Mikael Granlund - Viktor Arvidsson

Calle Jarnkrok - Matt Duchene - Rocco Grimaldi

Nick Cousins - Ryan Johansen- Eeli Tolvanen

Erik Haula - Colton Sissons - Luke Kunin

Defense

Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis

Ben Harpur - Dante Fabbro

Mark Borowiecki - Matt Benning

Goalies

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Keys to the Game

Strong Start

In three of the last four Red Wings games, the team that scored first went on to win the game, which puts more emphasis on the Wings getting off to a good start early on. It’s clear the Wings are still very much cemented in their rebuild, but what I appreciate more in this season than the last has been their resilience after a tough loss. We saw this on Saturday night where they could have folded following a 7-2 loss and started an ugly spiral for the foreseeable future, but played hard and bounced back with a 2-1 win.

Solidify the Crease

What we got from Jonathan Bernier on Saturday night was a brick wall effort, stopping 38-of-39 shots to lift the Wings to victory. They will need another strong effort in net tonight to catapult their confidence. Neither Bernier or Thomas Greiss have been stellar to this point on the year and the Wings will need better goaltending moving forward if they want to compete in more hockey games.

Score on the Powerplay

It sounds simple enough, but this team badly needs a goal on the man advantage — when are they going to get that monkey off their back? Somebody has to channel their inner Tomas Holmstrom to scratch and claw in front of that net, hopefully getting a bounce or two their way. I’d like to see Anthony Mantha use his size more often and make life hard on the Preds’ netminder tonight.