Detroit Red Wings vs.Anaheim Ducks: Updates, Lineups, Keys to the Game
Things are all a bit confused today, as a guy placed on IR yesterday could be back tonight:
Put on IR yesterday retroactive to September 20th, so he would be eligible to come off IR today and play.— Winging It In Motown (@wingingitmotown) October 8, 2019
It's the hockey-pokey everybody! https://t.co/wGuJ28S39d
Coach Blashill said Athanasiou will play tonight. #ANAvsDET #LGRW— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) October 8, 2019
If this does end up happening, somebody has to get off the roster to make space for AA coming back. With Kaski, Biega, Svechnikov, and Kuffner all looking like they’re not part of the regular lineup based on the diggers’ reporting on line rushes, take your pick. I would suppose Kuffner just because he’s a forward, but I’ve been wrong before. Svechnikov also makes sense as he would be the offensive option in the event the AA batteries weren’t charged.
We’ll keep an eye out an update as soon as we have that info.
The #RedWings today assigned LW Ryan Kuffner and D Oliwer Kaski to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and removed LW Andreas Athanasiou from injured reserve.— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) October 8, 2019
Details: https://t.co/MdU9dQU5gM pic.twitter.com/7Bln4AKiRW
.@ABiega4 checking in at #RedWings morning skate. Wearing No. 3. #LGRW pic.twitter.com/jNwIcHOJYJ— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) October 8, 2019
As of right now we don’t have him in the lineup, but the mere possibility of Biega taking Andreas Lilja’s old number against the Ducks gives me the ol’ orange-juice-and-toothpaste taste in my mouth.
#RedWings power play units:— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) October 8, 2019
1. Bertuzzi (net front), Larkin (slot), Hirose-Mantha (half walls), Cholowski (point).
2. Erne (net front), Filppula (slot), Hronek-Athanasiou (half walls), Green (point).
In the “awwwwww” department:
Brothers in hockey: Ryan Miller and Drew Miller together back home in Detroit. pic.twitter.com/SI9oMVHAAO— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 8, 2019
On the other side of the ledger:
Actually, Sam Steel hits the ice a little late. Wasn’t in the line rushes or the early drills.— Elliott Teaford (@ElliottTeaford) October 8, 2019
The big question is whether we’ll have SuperMantha versus the Ducks’ own man of Steel tonight. We’re currently showing he won’t be in as he’s been injured, but we’ll see!
Finally, for all of you rooting for the third team on the ice:
Refs Brad Meier and Dan O'Halloran work #LetsGoDucks #LGRW with Devin Berg and Tyson Baker https://t.co/TKghVv7plx #ANA #DET #ANAvsDET #Ducks #RedWings #NHL— Scouting The Refs (@ScoutingTheRefs) October 8, 2019
Tyler Bertuzzi - Dylan Larkin - Anthony Mantha
Taro Hirose - Andreas Athanasiou - Luke Glendening
Valtteri Filppula - Christoffer Ehn - Adam Erne
Darren Helm - Jacob de la Rose - Justin Abdelkader
Danny DeKeyser - Filip Hronek
Patrick Nemeth - Mike Green
Dennis Cholowski - Madison Bowey
Nick Ritchie - Ryan Getzlaf - Ondrej Kase
Rickard Rakell - Isac Lundestrom - Jakob Silfverberg
Max Jones - Adam Henrique - Troy Terry
Nicolas Deslauriers - Derek Grant - Carter Rowney
Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson
Brendan Guhle - Cam Fowler
Jacob Larsson - Korbinian Holzer
Keys to the Game
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The whole “depth” thing is probably going to be in 90% of these posts, but it’s worth bringing up until the Red Wings start showing the guys can match well from the bottom up. Anaheim is a team with skill smattered throughout their lineup that’s largely going to be expected to make a few... eh... not-household-names better.
Just give it to Mantha
When you’ve got the hot hand like Big Tony, you keep dishing it to him and enjoy him serving up his spicy meatballs.
PP2 vs. the pressure
You’ll notice opposing PK units putting a lot more pressure on the puck when our second unit is on the ice. With less skill on that line, the defense can get a bit more aggressive. Quick puck movement to open areas is tough to do against pressure, but if that 2nd unit can figure it out, they’re going to get some real good looks at the net.