Gameday Updates: Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins: Line Combinations, Key Matchups

The Wings called up Brian Lashoff and Tomas Nosek to be the 13th forward and 7th defenseman as the team struggles through injuries looking forward to back-to-back games this weekend. Neither is expected to play tonight, but would be ready to go on the road if need be.

However, it looks like Jared Coreau will get his first NHL start tonight. He will face off against Marc-Andre Fleury at the other end.

Red Wings Expected Lineup


Tomas Tatar
Henrik Zetterberg
Anthony Mantha
Tomas Jurco
Frans Nielsen
Luke Glendening
Gustav Nyquist
Dylan Larkin
Thomas Vanek
Drew Miller
Riley Sheahan
Steve Ott


Danny DeKeyser
Mike Green
Niklas Kronwall
Xavier Ouellet
Jonathan Ericsson
Ryan Sproul


Jared Coreau (Starting)
Petr Mrazek

Penguins Expected Lineup


Conor Sheary
Sidney Crosby
Patric Hornqvist
Carl Hagelin
Evgeni Malkin
Bryan Rust
Scott Wilson
Nick Bonino
Phil Kessel
Tom Kuhnhackl
Matt Cullen
Eric Fehr


Olli Maatta
Kris Letang
Brian Dumoulin
Trevor Daley
Ian Cole
Justin Schultz


Marc-Andre Fleury
Matt Murray

Key Matchups

Wings Power Play

The struggles of the Detroit power play have been well documented. They come into the game only converting on 15% of their man advantage opportunities. However, the Penguins penalty kill is one of the worst in the league, managing to stop the advantage only 78% of the time. The Wings power play has looked better in recent games with the additions of Thomas Vanek and Anthony Mantha. A successful power play or two would go a long way in helping the Wings earn some points on the road.

Contain Crosby

Ha what a genius idea. Crosby has 16 goals in 18 games. The Penguins have scoring depth with Malkin and Kessel in the lineup, but it seems like the offense goes with Crosby. "Pittsburgh has a 106-6-1 record in regular-season games in which Crosby produced at least three points, and the Penguins are 52-1-0 in his last 53 such games" according to Elias Sports Bureau. So keeping Crosby off the score sheet is integral to beating Pittsburg, and he is playing very well right now so it will be quite the challenge.