Larkin will start on Wings’ top line Friday night

Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game in Detroit Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game in Detroit Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


DETROIT >> Dylan Larkin will start on the top alone on the wing with Justin Abdelkader and Henrik Zetterberg, centering.

“We think Dylan Larkin is a very good player, that’s why he’s on the opening night roster and as such we’re going to put him in positions to hopefully be successful,” Blashill said.

Brad Richards will center the second line with Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist, while Riley Sheahan center Johan Franzen and Teemu Pulkkinen. Luke Glendening centers the fourth line with Drew Miller and Landon Ferraro.

“I’d like to have four lines that can play and four lines that we feel real confident on the ice with in both defensive and offensive situations,” first-year coach Jeff Blashill said. “We try to match our lines up with some speed, some skill, some size and some net front. So there’s a lot of things that go into combinations.

Tomas Jurco and Joakim Andersson will be healthy scratches.

The defensemen pairings are Jonathan Ericsson-Niklas Kronwall; Kyle Quincey-Mike Green and Brendan Smith-Jakub Kindl.

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