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Detroit Red Wings Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: Game Preview

December 15th, 2013 at 4:13 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Today the Red Wings host the Lightning, but it looks more like their AHL affiliates (Grand Rapids Griffins and Syracuse Crunch) facing each other.

What: Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings

When: 5 p.m. tonight

Where: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

TV: Fox Sports Detroit Plus

Records: The Red Wings are 15-10-9; the Lightning are 18-11-3

Season Series: Lightning lead 2-0-0

Last Meeting: Martin St. Louis scored in the sixth round of a shootout to give the Bolts a 2-1 victory. Kyle Quincey scored the lone goal for the Wings.

Projected Lineups:

Lightning:

FORWARDS

 

Ondrej Palat
Tyler JohnsonMartin St. Louis
Alex Killorn
Valtteri FilppulaTeddy Purcell
J.T. Brown
Nate ThompsonNikita Kucherov
B.J. Crombeen
Dana TyrellPierre-Cedric Labrie

 

DEFENSE

 

Eric Brewer
Andrej Sustr
Matt Carle
Radko Gudas
Sami Salo
Matt Taormina

 

GOALTENDING

 

Ben Bishop
Anders Lindback

 

Red Wings

Forwards

Tomas JurcoPavel DatsyukDaniel Alfredsson
Todd BertuzziJohan FranzenGustav Nyquist
Drew MillerJoakim AnderssonTomas Tatar
Daniel ClearyLuke GlendeningPatrick Eaves

 

Defensemen

Niklas KronwallJonathan Ericsson
Kyle QuinceyBrendan Smith
Brian LashoffJakub Kindl

 

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jonas Gustavsson

Red Wings Update: The losing continues for the Detroit Red Wings after a 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins last night. Niklas Kronwall scored the only goal. Justin Abdelkader (concussion) joins a long injured list that already includes Darren Helm (shoulder), Danny DeKeyser (shoulder), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Stephen Weiss (groin), and Jimmy Howard (knee). Tomas Jurco was recalled from Grand Rapids and will make his NHL debut tonight.

Lightning Update: The Lightning are coming off of a 3-0 shutout loss to the New Jersey Devils last night. Much like the Wings, the Lightning are without a lot of players, including Steven Stamkos (leg), Tom Pyatt (collar bone), Ryan Malone (ankle), Mattias Ohlund (knee), Victor Hedman (lower body), Keith Aulie (hand), and Richard Panik (suspended). 

Players to Watch:

Lightning:

Martin St. Louis: Picking up a lot of the scoring slack with Stamkos out.

Ben Bishop: Don't be surprised if he ends up getting the call to play for Team USA at the Olympics.

Valtteri Filppula: He's back in Detroit. Please show respect to him, fans.

Red Wings:

Tomas Jurco: Making his NHL debut today. Played against several current Lightning players in Calder Cup Finals.

Petr Mrazek: Also faced a lot of the same players in Calder Cup Finals.

Daniel Alfredsson: Alfie needs one assist to reach 700 for his career.

Prediction: Long story short, until the Wings start winning games, a win will not be predicted.

Make It: Lightning 3, Red Wings 1.

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Tags: Daniel Alfredsson, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Petr Mrazek, Tomas Jurco

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