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Gameday Updates: Lightning at Red Wings

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Your turn, Gus.
Your turn, Gus.
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Red Wings

  • Jonas Gustavsson gets the start today, giving Jimmy Howard a brief spell before the terrifying last few games of the season.
  • Darren Helm gave us a bit of a scare yesterday, but he's definitely in the lineup tonight.
  • Oh, and about that last linked tweet? Justin Abdelkader makes his return to the lineup tonight. I'm not seeing any news on whom he replaces.

Lightning

  • Tampa Bay is doing pretty well for itself, riding an 11-game point streak into Joe Louis Arena tonight. A win tonight puts them second in the division ahead of Montreal by virtue of fewer games played.
  • Nothing confirmed, but LeftWingLock pegs Anders Lindback as the probable starter.
  • The projected lineup for the Tampa Bay "currently winning the St. Louis trade" Lightning:

    FORWARDS

    Alex "going in for the" Killorn
    Steven "two players with s alliterations" Stamkos
    Teddy "bear" Purcell
    Ondrej "not to be confused with  Pavelec" Palat
    Valtteri "hand-wringing" Filppula
    Ryan "who you gonna" Callahan
    J. T. "likes the color" Brown
    Tyler Johnson
    Nikita "not touching that" Kucherov
    Ryan "don't be sad, you're not" Malone
    Nate "Nay-tom-son" Thompson
    B. J. "crom-om-nom" Crombeen

    DEFENSE

    Victor "will have your" Hedman
    Sami "is too much for one team" Salo
    Matt "driving around in that" Carle
    Radko "is he really that" Gudas
    Eric "not the Milwaukee" Brewer
    Mike "what's the" Kostka

    GOALTENDING

    Anders "he's got your" Lindback
    Ben "didn't go to church today" Bishop

Out of Town Scoreboard

Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks at Pittsburgh Penguins: With the top three spots in the Atlantic pretty well out of reach barring a Red Wings run and Lightning/ Canadiens freefall, the Red Wings if they make the playoffs will be one of the wild card seeds. Boston is pretty entrenched at the top of the Eastern Conference, so 1-2 will likely be Boston-Pittsburgh respectively, meaning the Red Wings face one or the other in round one.

Washington Capitals at Nashville Predators: Washington faced a tough test on Saturday, but they fell to Boston, leaving them two points back of the final wild card spot. Columbus, Detroit, and Washington all have 8 games remaining going into Sunday, but Washington is heavily handicapped in tiebreakers by having only 25 regulation or overtime wins.

Columbus is idle tonight, so a win against a team we've struggled against this season can do lots of things. It will put us two points ahead and into the first wild card spot, even if Columbus has one game in hand after tonight; it should be a huge confidence boost if we can finally beat a team we've struggled against all season; and it should end this week on a high note after the miserable start against Columbus and Montreal.

LET'S GO RED WINGS!!!