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Gameday Updates: Red Wings vs Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Red Wings are back at LCA tonight against a familiar foe. They’ll draw a divisional rival in the Tampa Bay Lightning. Here’s a look at what we’ll see from both teams tonight...

Red Wings Expected Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Anthony Mantha Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist
Tomas Tatar Dylan Larkin Justin Abdelkader
Martin Frk Frans Nielsen Darren Helm
Riley Sheahan Luke Glendening Luke Witkowski
Left Defense Right Defense
Niklas Kronwall Mike Green
Jonathan Ericsson Trevor Daley
Xavier Ouellett Nick Jensen
Goalie
Jimmy Howard (starting)
Petr Mrazek

Scratches/Injuries: Danny DeKeyser, Tyler Bertuzzi, Johan Franzen

Lightning Expected Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Vladislav Namestnikov Steven Stamkos Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat Brayden Point Yanni Gourde
Alex Killorn Tyler Johnson Slater Koekkoek
Chris Kunitz Cedric Paquette Ryan Callahan
Left Defense Right Defense
Victor Hedman Jake Dotchin
Mikhail Sergachev Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn Dan Girardi
Goalie
Andrei Vasilevskiy (starting)
Peter Budaj

Key Matchups

Getting to Dan Girardi

Dan Girardi has proven to be one of the league’s most ineffective defensemen. The Red Wings would be smart to play the match-up game here, and try to get speedy/skill forwards against him. When he’s retrieving pucks, there should be players attacking and pressing him. He’ll make the mistake.

Neutralizing Tampa’s top-line power

Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov are some of the better goal-scorers and playmakers in the league. The Red Wings will have their hands full in trying to keep them quiet. My guess is that Zetterberg will be on Stamkos all night long, and that’s the best bet. Problem is making sure that doesn’t give Kucherov too much time and space. That’s something that could make or break the Wings in this game.