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.
|Tyler Johnson||Martin St. Louis|
|Valtteri Filppula||Teddy Purcell|
|Nate Thompson||Nikita Kucherov|
|Dana Tyrell||Pierre-Cedric Labrie|
|Tomas Jurco||Pavel Datsyuk||Daniel Alfredsson|
|Todd Bertuzzi||Johan Franzen||Gustav Nyquist|
|Drew Miller||Joakim Andersson||Tomas Tatar|
|Daniel Cleary||Luke Glendening||Patrick Eaves|
|Niklas Kronwall||Jonathan Ericsson|
|Kyle Quincey||Brendan Smith|
|Brian Lashoff||Jakub Kindl|
|Petr Mrazek (starting)|
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:
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.
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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