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WGD: GAME 8: RED WINGS vs. CAPITALS

What’s up Wings Nation! I’m in a massive time crunch, so I will not be able to dive too deep into tonight’s game, but here’s a quick look at how these two squads stack up as well as a peek at their lineups and starting goalies:

Record 4-3-0 (4th in ATL) 3-3-1 (6th in MET)
Goals For 3.14 GF/PG (t-14th) 3.14 GF/PG (t-14th)
Goals Against 3.00 GA/PG (t-16th) 3.43 GA/PG (22nd)
Power Play 14.8% (24th) 26.1% (9th)
Penalty Kill 86.7% (5th) 78.6% (19th)
CorsiFor% 52.42 CF% (10th) 46.38 CF% (26th)

THE RED WINGS

Detroit Red Wings lines via DailyFaceoff

LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING
Anthony Mantha
ANTHONY MANTHA
Henrik Zetterberg
HENRIK ZETTERBERG
Gustav Nyquist
GUSTAV NYQUIST
Tomas Tatar
TOMAS TATAR
Dylan Larkin
DYLAN LARKIN
Justin Abdelkader
JUSTIN ABDELKADER
Martin Frk
MARTIN FRK
Frans Nielsen
FRANS NIELSEN
Darren Helm
DARREN HELM
Luke Glendening
LUKE GLENDENING
Riley Sheahan
RILEY SHEAHAN
Luke Witkowski
LUKE WITKOWSKI
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Niklas Kronwall
NIKLAS KRONWALL
Mike Green
MIKE GREEN
Jonathan Ericsson
JONATHAN ERICSSON
Trevor Daley
TREVOR DALEY
Xavier Ouellet
XAVIER OUELLET
Nick Jensen
NICK JENSEN

The Red Wings are not expected to make any changes to their forward lines or defensive pairings. The only change might be David Booth coming back in for Luke Witkowski, but that shouldn’t really have too profound of an impact on this game either way.

THE CAPITALS

Washington Capitals lines via DailyFaceoff

LW C RW
Alex Ovechkin
ALEX OVECHKIN
Evgeny Kuznetsov
EVGENY KUZNETSOV
Jakub Vrana
JAKUB VRANA
Tom Wilson
TOM WILSON
Nicklas Backstrom
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
T.J. Oshie
T.J. OSHIE
Brett Connolly
BRETT CONNOLLY
Lars Eller
LARS ELLER
Andre Burakovsky
ANDRE BURAKOVSKY
Devante Smith-Pelly
DEVANTE SMITH-PELLY
Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE
Alex Chiasson
ALEX CHIASSON
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Christian Djoos
CHRISTIAN DJOOS
John Carlson
JOHN CARLSON
Brooks Orpik
BROOKS ORPIK
Madison Bowey
MADISON BOWEY
Dmitri Orlov
DMITRI ORLOV
Taylor Chorney
TAYLOR CHORNEY

The Capitals have struggled offensively a little bit in the early going, so naturally the answer is to promote Tom Wilson into the top-6? What? Wilson will swap places with Andre Burakovsky, who has just two assists in seven games while playing with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie. Weird, but hey I’ll take it as a Red Wings fan.

As for their blueline, they are without veteran Matt Niskanen, so rookie Madison Bowey has been seeing big minutes. This is a lot uglier of a group than we are used to seeing from Washington and has definitely been a contributing factor to their early-season woes.

BETWEEN THE PIPES

Petr Mrazek will get back in net for the Red Wings after Jimmy Howard‘s disastrous showing in Toronto. Mrazek also allowed a goal on the first shot he faced vs. the Maple Leafs but appeared to settle in nicely stopping 19 of the next 20 shots that he faced. The Red Wings absolutely must have great goaltending if they’re going to have any success this season–have you look at that blueline lately?

The Capitals are headed into a back-to-back set, so some thought the Red Wings could catch a break and see Phillipp Grubauer instead of Braden Holtby, but that won’t be the case. Holtby is one of the top goalies in the NHL and comes in having won three of five games while posting a 2.19 GAA and .931 SV%