Detroit Red Wings vs. Dallas Stars: Updates, Lineups, Keys to the Game


Since both teams played last night, it looks like there won’t be morning skates. If anything changes, we will put it in here.

The Detroit lineup listed is the same as last night, although Andreas Athanasiou may very well play. Jonathan Bernier is confirmed as the scheduled starter for tonight as per Ansar Khan, and Anton Khudobin is the expected starter for Dallas, but that’s not confirmed.



Tyler Bertuzzi - Dylan Larkin - Anthony Mantha
Taro Hirose - Valtteri Filppula - Luke Glendening
Christoffer Ehn - Frans Nielsen - Adam Erne
Darren Helm - Jacob de la Rose - Justin Abdelkader

Danny DeKeyser - Filip Hronek
Patrick Nemeth - Mike Green
Dennis Cholowski - Trevor Daley

Jonathan Bernier
Jimmy Howard


Jamie Benn - Radek Faksa - Tyler Seguin
Joe Pavelski - Roope Hintz - Alexandrer Radulov
Mattias Janmark - Justin Dowling - Denis Gurianov
Andrew Cogliano - Rhett Gardner - Nicholas Caamano
Esa Lindell - John Klingberg
Miro Heiskanen - Andrej Sekera
Jamie Oleksiak - Taylor Fedun

Anton Khudobin
Ben Bishop

Keys to the Game

Hey, your first line is pretty good! So is yours!

Obviously, Detroit fans are very happy with the performance of their top line, and with good reason. But, Dallas’ top line has two top tier wings, even if their center is not as good as Dylan Larkin. Whichever team shuts down the other team’s top line is going to have a huge advantage in this game.

Secondary Scoring

Based on the first game, someone could make a lot of money if they created an app that can wake up Red Wings fans when the top line goes over the boards. It’s only the first game, but the other lines, especially lines 2 and 3, are going to have to create more chances so Detroit can be more than a one-line team. If Athanasiou is able to come back tonight, that should help.

Keep Calm and Carry On

Last season, Detroit took a lot of retaliatory penalties. Mantha took one last night, and while the initial play should have been called, the Wings have to keep level heads and get retribution on the score sheet. Yes, the officiating was poor, but the reaction seems to always get called.