Red Wings vs. Hurricanes — Gameday Updates, Projected Lineups and Keys to the Game

Winging It In Motown

Gameday Updates

Well, this is likely a game that Evgeny Svechnikov has had circled on his calendar for weeks with the opportunity to play against his brother Andrei. What does Jeff Blashill think about playing him?

Alright then…

Well, at least Evgeny practiced in some capacity on Wednesday and signs appear to be pointing towards him remaining in the lineup.

That’s a positive sign. But, do you think we could get him in a meaningful scoring role? Just a thought.

And, some encouraging news for Wings fans…

Projected Lineups

Detroit Red Wings

Forwards

Evgeny Svechnikov — Robby Fabbri — Bobby Ryan

Mathias Brome — Michael Rasmussen — Anthony Mantha

Filip Zadina — Vladislav Namestnikov — Sam Gagner

Darren Helm — Luke Glendening — Adam Erne

Defense

Dan DeKeyser — Filip Hronek

Marc Staal — Jon Merrill

Christian Djoos — Patrik Nemeth

Goalies

Jonathan Bernier

Thomas Greiss

Carolina Hurricanes

Forwards

Andrei Svechnikov — Sebastian Aho — Teuvo Teravainen

Nino Niederreiter — Vincent Trocheck — Martin Necas

Brock McGinn — Jordan Staal — Jesper Fast

Jordan Martinook — Cedric Paquette — Warren Foegele

Defense

Jaccob Slavin — Dougie Hamilton

Haydn Fleury — Brett Pesce

Brady Skjei — Jake Bean

Goalies

Alex Nedeljkovic

James Reimer

Keys to the Game

Strong Start and Keep the Momentum

On Tuesday night, the Wings battled hard with the Blue Jackets, matching their 10 shots on goal and taking a 1-1 tie into the locker room. But, during the second period they were completely flat and that continued into the third as well. They looked like a completely different team for the final 40 minutes of the game. The key tonight will be getting off to a solid start and then keeping the foot on the gas pedal to play a full 60 minutes.

Ride Out the Storm

This might be a figure of speech considering they’re playing the Hurricanes, but I’m referring to their man games lost so far this season. Two key players remain out of the lineup in Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi and that’s a tough pill to swallow for the Wings. Some of the young guns like Michael Rasmussen and Evgeny Svechnikov will need to fill those offensive voids in the lineup.

Powerplay

Anthony Mantha snapped a 40-game drought on the man advantage against Columbus…what a relief! However, there is still much more work to do in this category and this is your daily reminder that the Wings are still operating at a less than 10% success rate on the season. Here’s Mantha’s goal again, just because I couldn’t believe my eyes when they actually converted on a powerplay…

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