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Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning: Game Preview

February 8th, 2014 at 2:17 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Tonight is the last game before the Olympic Break for the Red Wings.

It's also the 6,000th game in franchise history for them. And what better way to celebrate that milestone by facing the team that your former captain is the GM for.

What: Red Wings at Lightning

When: 7 p.m. tonight

Where: Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

TV: Fox Sports Detroit Plus, NHL Network-US

Records: The Red Wings are 26-19-12; the Lightning are 32-20-5

Season Series: Lightning lead 3-0

Last Meeting: The Wings had no answer for Ben Bishop in a 3-0 shutout loss.

Projected Lineups

Red Wings:

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist-Henrik Zetterberg-Justin Abdelkader

Darren Helm-Pavel Datsyuk-Daniel Alfredsson

Tomas Tatar-Riley Sheahan-Tomas Jurco

Joakim Andersson-Luke Glendening-Drew Miller

Defensemen

Jonathan Ericsson-Niklas Kronwall

Kyle Quincey-Danny DeKeyser

Brian Lashoff-Brendan Smith

Goalies

Jimmy Howard (starting)

Jonas Gustavsson

Lightning:

Ondrej Palat
Tyler JohnsonMartin St. Louis
Alex Killorn
Nate ThompsonTeddy Purcell
J.T. Brown
Nikita KucherovVladislav Namestnikov
B.J. Crombeen
Tom PyattRyan Malone

Defense

Eric Brewer
Victor Hedman
Matt Carle
Radko Gudas
Sami Salo
Mark Barberio

 

Goalies

 

Ben Bishop*
 

Cedric Desjardins

 

Red Wings Notes: Same lineup for tonight as it was on Thursday…Gustav Nyquist has nine goals in his last nine games…Justin Abdelkader has four points in his last three games

Lightning Notes: Still no Steven Stamkos (leg)…Valtteri Filppula (ankle) also will not play…Ben Bishop is a game-time decsion. If he doesn't play, Cedrick Desjardins will take his spot…Tyler Johnson (36 points) is making a strong case for Calder Trophy…Vladislav Namestnikov will make his NHL debut tonight.

Prediction: The Wings are playing much better than they were in December when they last faced the Lightning. It's time to get a win and go into the Olympics on a high note.

Make It: Red Wings 3, Lightning 2

Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Gustav Nyquist, Hockey, NHL

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