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Lightning at Red Wings: Gameday Updates, Line Combinations, Key Match-Ups

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Line Combinations

Red Wings Lineup

Forwards

Dylan Larkin Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Gustav Nyquist
Teemu Pulkkinen Darren Helm Joakim Andersson
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Landon Ferraro

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Brendan Smith
Danny DeKeyser Jonathan Ericsson
Jakub Kindl Alexey Marchenko

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (Starting)
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Tomas Jurco

Injuries: Johan FranzenPavel DatsyukBrad RichardsMike GreenKyle Quincey

Power-play units:

Tatar-Zetterberg-Nyquist Abdelkader-Kronwall

Pulkkinen-Sheahan-Larkin Helm-Kindl

Lightning Lineup

Forwards

Ondrej Palat Steven Stamkos Ryan Callahan
Alex Killorn Tyler Johnson Nikita Kucherov
Brian Boyle Valtteri Filppula Erik Condra
Tye McGinn Vladislav Namestnikov J.T. Brown

Defensemen

Victor Hedman Anton Stralman
Matt Carle Jason Garrison
Braydon Coburn Andrej Sustr

Goaltenders

Ben Bishop
Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratches: Cedric Paquette, Jonathan Drouin

Fun Facts!

Red Wings all-time record against Tampa Bay: 28-9-2-3

Red Wings goals for per game (GF/G) against Tampa: 3.69

Red Wings goals against per game (GA/G) against Tampa: 2.45

Data provided by hockeyreference.com

Key Match-up

Faceoffs

The Lightning enter the game as the 4th best team in the NHL at winning faceoffs, while the Red Wings are 24th. As the home team, the Wings are supposed to enjoy an advantage in the circle, but that hasn't materialized yet. The best teams in the NHL want to have the puck a lot, and that starts with winning faceoffs.

Luke Glendening vs every good Tampa player

Jeff Blashill recently said that he wants Luke Glendening to play against the other team's top players. That means we could see a steady dose of the 4th line against either Steven Stamkos or the Triplets. Please have whatever beverage you like most handy because it could be a long evening.

Let's Go Red Wings!!!