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Red Wings vs. Hurricanes — Gameday Updates, Projected Lineups and Keys to the Game

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Gameday Updates

Carolina’s Jake Gardiner cleared waivers today.

Either somebody is hurt or they’re going back to 12-6 today. Troy Stecher skated with Alex Biega at practice yesterday so if one defenseman is coming out of the lineup, I’m guessing it’s the goal-scorer.

Projected Lineups

Detroit Red Wings

Robby Fabbri - Dylan Larkin - Anthony Mantha
Sam Gagner - Vladislav Namestnikov - Filip Zadina
Mathias Bromé - Michael Rasmussen - Bobby Ryan
Darren Helm - Luke Glendening - Adam Erne

Danny DeKeyser - Filip Hronek
Marc Staal - Jon Merrill
Patrik Nemeth - Christian Djoos

Jonathan Bernier
Thomas Griess

Carolina Hurricanes

Forwards

Nino Niederreiter - Sebastian Aho - Martin Necas
Andrei Svechnikov - Jordan Staal - Jesper Fast
Brock McGinn - Jordan Martinook - Warren Foegele
Cedric Paquette - Morgan Geekie - Steven Lorenz

Defense

Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Brady Skjei - Brett Pesce
Haydn Fleury - Jake Bean

Goalies

Alex Nedeljkovic
James Reimer

Keys to the Game

Keep the Structure

I don’t like harping on a fun game and I’m never going to complain about a win, but Detroit isn’t going to rely on dropping five against Curtis McElhinney and then trying to coast. Limiting Carolina’s speed, keeping them to the outside, and clearing the crease are going to be focus areas if the Wings want to keep building on the last couple games.

Special Teams

Carolina has the best PP in the league and the 10th best PK. Maybe tranquilize the refs or something?

Work for Each Other

I don’t really have a way to quantify this, but it just feels like the team has started to gel recently and I like that. Suddenly they have a better sense for where their teammates are and what they’re doing and so they’re completing more passes. I like that!