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Red Wings at Lightning: Game Day Updates

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Updates

We’re guessing Greiss, but as has been usual this season, we haven’t gotten confirmation on who the first goalie off was for Detroit.

Red Wings Lines

Fabbri - Larkin - Ryan
Hirose - Nemestnikov - Mantha
Helm - Glendening - Erne
Smith - Filppula - Brome (Nielsen practicing on that line as well)

Nemeth - Hronek
DeKeyser - Djoos
Staal - Stetcher

Greiss
Pickard

Lightning Lines

Palat - Point - Stamkos
Killorn - Cirelli - Johnson
Coleman - Gourd - Goodrow
Maroon - Joseph

Hedman - Rutta
McDonough - Cernak
Sergachev - Schenn - Foote

Vasilevskiy
McElhinney

Three Keys to the Game

Figure out some schematics on the power play so your best players can make plays. Peter laid out the problems a couple days ago with Blashill’s comments about players needing to make plays on the man-advantage far better than I ever could. I’m a pretty staunch Blashill defender, but the power play needs to convert more often. The reffing standard so far this season has been a bit disappointing compared to years past, so capitalize!

Keep Hedman away from the top line. This seems basic, and I suppose it is, but easier said than done. Tampa will have the last change, and the will undoubtedly want to hound Detroit’s best players with Victor Hedman. Somehow, Detroit will need play a shell game and get its best players in a favorable matchup because the depth still isn’t there on this team and one Norris-trophy winner can do a lot of damage to a shallow team.

Someone not named Larkin, Mantha, Ryan, Bertuzzi, or Hronek needs to score. Those five guys have a combined 34 points. The rest of the team (not counting the guys who were sent down to GR on Monday) have 17. Obviously your best players should be your best players, but Detroit needs more offense from anywhere right now.