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Stanley Cup Playoffs Game Seven Morning Skate: Red Wings at Lightning

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Game Seven. Do or die.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

7:30p ET, Amalie Arena

Tampa, Florida

TV: NBCS, FSDT

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Lightning Blog: Raw Charge

I'm not sure what to say. This is the biggest game of the season.. Win or go home.

With the recent suspension of Niklas Kronwall, the Detroit Red Wings find themselves in a very tough spot to be in for game seven. I am assuming that Jakub Kindl will take Kronwall's spot (it's just a guess), and all other pairings will stay the same.

It's been a wild ride this season.. We've seen the best of this team, and we've seen the worst of this team. There's not much I can say to make you feel better, or more confident.. So I'll just leave you with this:

Just. Win. Baby.

Update: It appears Marek Zidlicky is out indefinitely with a concussion sustained last game. Alexey Marchenko will be skating with Jonathan Ericsson, and Jakub Kindl will take Zidlicky's spot.

The Expected Lineups

Forwards

Justin Abdelkader Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist
Darren Helm Pavel Datsyuk Tomas Tatar
Joakim Andersson Riley sheahan Tomas Jurco
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Landon Ferraro

Defensemen

Jonathan Ericsson Alexey Marchenko
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Jakub Kindl Brendan Smith

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard


Scratches: Daniel Cleary, Niklas Kronwall (suspended), Alexey Marchenko and Stephen Weiss

Injuries: Erik Cole (spine), & Johan Franzen (concussion)

Forwards

Alex Killorn Steven Stamkos Ryan Callahan
Ondrej Palat Tyler Johnson Nikita Kucherov
Vladislav Namestnikov Valtteri Filppula Cedric Pacquette
Nikita Nesterov Brian Boyle Brenden Morrow


Defensemen

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


Goaltenders

Ben Bishop
Andrei Vasilevskiy


LIGHTNING THE MATCHUP (PLAYOFFS) RED WINGS
3-3 Record 3-3
2.50 (6th in NHL Playoffs) Goals Per Game 2.50 (7th in NHL Playoffs)
2.50 (11th) Goals Against Per Game 2.50 (10th)
7.7 (14th) Power Play % 19.2 (6th)
80.8 (11th) Penalty Kill % 92.3 (3rd)
Tyler Johnson (6 goals) Goal Leader Datsyk & Tatar (3 goals)
Tyler Johnson (7 points) Points Leader Pavel Datsyuk (5 points)


  • The Detroit Red Wings are 3-3 all-time against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the playoffs. This is a pointless stat, I'm sorry.
  • Away teams are 65-92 all-time in game seven in the Stanley Cup Playoffs
  • I'm scared. Hold me.

Let's Go Red Wings!!