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Detroit's Opening Night Lineup

07/24/2022 at 6:53am EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Forwards
First line: Tyler Bertuzzi-Dylan Larkin-Lucas Raymond

They clicked right away last season, only to be broken up so Bertuzzi could spark another line. Larkin brings speed and sound defensive play, Bertuzzi has a knack for scoring around the net and Raymond has a flair for finding openings.

Second line: Jakub Vrana-Andrew Copp-David Perron

Third line: Dominik Kubalik-Pius Suter-Filip Zadina

Fourth line: Joe Veleno-Michael Rasmussen-Oskar Sundqvist

Defense pairings
Top pair: Ben Chiarot-Moritz Seider

Yzerman signed Chiarot for four years and $19 million. The 31-year-old has been a solid defender with the Winnipeg Jets, Canadiens and Florida Panthers, giving Seider the steady, durable partner he deserves. Seider should be even more fun to watch on a more talented team.ROOKIE REVUE:Seider: Thanks for Calder Trophy, but we want 'playoffs at LCA'

Second pair: Olli Määttä-Filip Hronek

Third pair: Simon Edvinsson-Mark Pysyk

Goaltending
Alex Nedeljkovic and newcomer Ville Husso are both trying to establish they should be No. 1. Nedeljkovic played 59 games for the Wings last season, while Husso played 40 for the Blues. Neither has yet played 100 career games. If they play equally during exhibition, my guess is Nedeljkovic starts the opener — and since the Wings play the next night in New Jersey, Husso won't have to wait long for his first start.

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