Stars at Red Wings: Gameday Updates, Lineups, and Keys to the Game

Winging It In Motown

[Ed Note: Nobody shared lines in the skate this morning, but based on the 11/7 setup they’ve been using and the fact that both Ryan and Cholowski practiced on the PP yesterday instead of Svechnikov and Djoos, the lineup below reflects a best-guess]

For more context on the game-time decisions:

Fabbri – Larkin – Mantha
Zadina – Namestnikov – Gagner
Helm – Glendening – Erne
Rasmussen – Ryan

DeKeyser – Hronek
Staal – Stetcher
Nemeth – Merrill
Cholowski

Greiss
Pickard

Benn – Pavelski – Radulov
Robertson – Dickinson – Gurianov
Cogliano – Faksa – Comeau
Caamano – Gardner – Kiviranta

Lindell – Klingberg
Oleksiak – Heiskanen
Hanley – Sekera

Khudobin
Oettinger

Take the lead early. The Red Wings don’t play well with Greiss in net when they get behind. There are a bunch of possible reasons for that, but an early lead takes pressure off a netminder that has bore the brunt of the loses this season and can help him build up some confidence.

Weather the storm. The Stars are all but guaranteed to come out fast in this one. Their season is beginning to enter into “we should definitely be worried” territory, and nobody in Dallas wants to see the team anywhere near these waters after coming two wins from winning the Stanley Cup in 2020. If they need to play some low event hockey to ride a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, so be it.

Play like you’re in the basement. The season is basically all over for Detroit. Barring a miracle run, they’re not going to make the playoffs (thus ruining one of my bold predictions!) Meanwhile, Dallas is feeling the heat. If Detroit can be the more relaxed and confident team (because what do they have to lose at this point?) and catch Dallas squeezing their sticks then Detroit can have a good chance to put together a winning streak for the first time this season.

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