Sabres at Red Wings: Line Combinations, Gameday Updates, Key Matchups
Desperate to make the playoffs? I have a great idea!
Looks like Marchenko is in the #RedWings lineup for Smith tonight.— The Wheel Deal (@Bill_Roose) March 28, 2016
Let's sit one of the best defensemen on the team!
Brendan Smith is not the problem with this defense. In fact, he's the exact opposite. He's one of the better d-men on this team all season long. For example:
Red Wings are sitting the guy marked with a blue line. pic.twitter.com/lWbIpXhTvn— Tom Mitsos (@tom_mitsos) March 28, 2016
So whatever. I'm angry and frustrated. Even my mom can tell that Niklas Kronwall has lost six steps and Jonathan Ericsson is just not good. But hey, can't sit the veterans no matter what. We have to ride them to the draft lottery! I blame Ken Holland for these types of decisions just as much as I blame Jeff Blashill. I don't even know what to say anymore. I'm just angry.
Detroit Line Combinations
|Justin Abdelkader||Henrik Zetterberg||Dylan Larkin|
|Darren Helm||Pavel Datsyuk||Anthony Mantha|
|Tomas Tatar||Riley Sheahan||Gustav Nyquist|
|Andreas Athanasiou||Luke Glendening||Brad Richards|
|Danny DeKeyser||Kyle Quincey|
|Niklas Kronwall||Alexey Marchenko|
|Jonathan Ericsson||Mike Green|
|Jimmy Howard (starting)|
Power Play units:
- Nyquist-Zetterberg-Larkin, Abdelkader (net front), Kronwall
- Tatar-Datsyuk-Mantha (net front), Richards, Green
Buffalo Line Combinations
|Evander Kane||Ryan O'Reilly||Nicolas Deslauriers|
|Zemgus Girgensons||Jack Eichel||Sam Reinhart|
|Marcus Foligno||Johan Larsson||Brian Gionta|
|Matt Moulson||David Legwand||Hudson Fasching|
|Josh Gorges||Rasmus Ristolainen|
|Jake McCabe||Zach Bogosian|
|Mark Pysyk||Casey Nelson|
|Chad Johnson (starting)|
Keys to the Game:
Start on time... and don't stop.
Duh. The Wings did okay in the starting on time department the last couple games. They ended up with 4-0 and 1-0 leads. Of course, once the opposing team scored on them all hell broke loose. They're such a soft team mentally. Probably Brendan Smith's fault.
Stop being losers
My goodness, have some pride and show some desperation. The Wings aren't a great hockey team this season, but they're not THIS BAD. It's not going to just magically all come together and be okay. The Flyers and Bruins aren't going to all the sudden lose the rest of their games.
This is Smith's 5v5 10-game rolling CF% (via https://t.co/tbjwYJHWQj)— Prashanth Iyer (@iyer_prashanth) March 28, 2016
What's even more fun is when you plot how much better he's been relative to his teammates— Prashanth Iyer (@iyer_prashanth) March 28, 2016