Game Day Updates
Red Wings with a couple of additional changes at practice this morning.
Ok, new look for the Red Wings in line rushes this morning:— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) March 8, 2022
Alex Nedeljkovic off the ice first this morning. #LGRW— Daniella Bruce (@daniellabruce_) March 8, 2022
The confirmation everybody has been waiting for...
Jakub Vrána returns to the lineup tonight. pic.twitter.com/19PU5STO8h— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 8, 2022
INJURY UPDATE: Coyotes forward Antoine Roussel suffered a lower body injury Saturday versus Ottawa and will be out of the lineup 6 weeks.— Arizona Coyotes PR (@AZCoyotesPR) March 8, 2022
Coach André Tourigny said that Karel Vejmelka will start in goal against the Detroit Red Wings tonight at Little Caesars Arena.— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) March 8, 2022
Robby Fabbri - Dylan Larkin - Lucas Raymond
Tyler Bertuzzi - Pius Suter - Jakub Vrana
Vladislav Namestnikov - Michael Rasmussen - Adam Erne
Sam Gagner - Joe Veleno - Filip Zadina
Nick Leddy - Moritz Seider
Jordan Oesterle - Filip Hronek
Marc Staal - Gustav Lindstrom
Assumed scratches: Olli Juolevi - Troy Stecher
Clayton Keller - Travis Boyd - Nick Schmaltz
Matias Maccelli - Alex Galchenyuk - Phil Kessel
Nick Ritchie - Barrett Hayton - Loui Eriksson
Hudson Fasching - Christian Fischer - Lawson Crouse
Shayne Gostisbehere - Dysin Mayo
Janis Moser - Anton Stralman
Vladislav Kolyachonok - Jakob Chychrun
Keys to the Game
1. Ease Vrana Into Game Action
It is very exciting to have Jakub Vrana back in the lineup after being out all season. He has the potential to not only boost the output of the line he plays on but by causation, allows there to be better depth further down the lineup. That being said, everybody else has played over 50 games this season while Vrana has played 0. Expect him to take a few games to get up to speed, and be pleasantly surprised if he produces immediately. Blashill will likely find a way to keep Vrana on limited minutes in this game, even with second line and powerplay duties.
2. Don’t Play Down to the Opponent
After playing some of the league’s best squads the past 5 games, and more if you include Minnesota and the Rangers prior to the one week break, the Wings are taking on a team at the opposite end of the spectrum in the Coyotes. But it will be critical for Detroit not to throttle the tempo down just because of who they’re up against. Plenty of teams better than Detroit fall into the trap of looking past cellar dwellers like Arizona and paying for it. Arizona has won 4 of their last 6 and will be ready to jump on the Wings if they don’t show up prepared.
3. Build Your Trade Value
The trade deadline is rapidly approaching and the Red Wings are set to once again be sellers. We are already well into the time of year where we get reports on which teams have scouts at given games. Detroit has several candidates that could be moved at the deadline between Leddy, Namestnikov, and others. Players don’t necessarily enjoy being traded but there is appeal, especially for veterans, in being dealt to a contender late in the season for a chance at a Cup that isn’t going to happen in Detroit this year. With more eyes on them, that should be an additional motivator for any of these players to step up to another level as the deadline nears.