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Game 2 Morning Skate - Red Wings at Lightning

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Red Wings lead series 1-0

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

3:00p ET, Amalie Arena

Tampa, FL

TV: NBC

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Lightning Blog: Raw Charge

Almost exactly a year ago, 363 days to be exact, we were sitting in a very similar position. The Red Wings stole Game 1 on the road and were up 1-0 in a series in which they were the unquestionable underdog. Detroit headed into a 3p ET afternoon Game 2 with a chance to take a commanding series lead back home to Hockeytown.

So what about last year? A 4-1 butt kicking from Boston that was highlighted with Jimmy Howard and Brendan Smith gifting the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

The good news, however, is that those two cannot do the same today. Smith will be in the Cleary Cabana and Howard will be charting face-offs. Today will be a very different day with a different outcome hopefully. Getting outshot 46-14 can't happen again. The Red Wings stole Game 1. They're not going to be able to replicate that again against a team as good as the Lightning. We all love Petr Mrazek, but I don't think he can win this series all by himself. Someone other than Pavel Datsyuk is going to have to step up and have a game to remember. It'd be real nice to see the Kid Line finally show up in a playoff game. You got your feet wet last season... it's time to dive in.

For more on Game 2 expectations, check out Graham's beautifully written masterpiece from yesterday.

The Expected Lineup

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Darren Helm
Gustav Nyquist Riley Sheahan Tomas Tatar
Stephen Weiss Joakim Andersson Tomas Jurco
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Landon Ferraro

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Alexey Marchenko
Kyle Quincey Marek Zidlicky

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jimmy Howard


Scratches: Daniel Cleary, Teemu Pulkkinen & Jakub Kindl

Injuries: Eric Cole (spine), Justin Abdelkader (hand), Brendan Smith (dumbass) & Johan Franzen (concussion)

Forwards

Alex Killorn Steven Stamkos Ryan Callahan
Ondrej Palat Tyler Johnson Nikita Kucherov
Vladislav Namestnikov Valtteri Filppula Cedric Paquette
Brendan Morrow Brian Boyle J.T. Brown


Defensemen

Victor Hedman Andrej Sustr
Nikita Nesterov Anton Stralman
Matt Carle Braydon Coburn


Goaltenders

Ben Bishop (starting)
Andrei Vasilevskiy

Bullets of Knowledge

  • The Red Wings are 13-6 all-time in Game 2's under Mike Babcock. They're 9-4 after winning Game 1.

  • Tampa is 7-6 all-time in Game 2's. They're 5-3 after losing Game 1 and 0-1 under Jon Cooper.

Let's Go Red Wings.