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Morning Skate: Lightning at Red Wings

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

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: FS-D

Online Streaming: Fox Sports Go

Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket // 1270 AM CBS Sports Radio

Lightning Blog: Raw Charge

How the mighty have fallen.

Tonight, the Lightning are in town to take on the Red Wings — both teams in a very unfamiliar state. The Lightning have had a disappointing season, and the Red Wings are one of the worst in the league. Something new for both squads.

Tampa holds onto the 5th spot in the Atlantic division, which should be much of a surprise after they lost Steven Stamkos earlier this season. Both teams were sellers at the trade deadline, and have been limping through the rest of the season. At this point, both teams are playing for confidence going into next season.

The Red Wings are still trying to compete, and I personally think they could give the Bolts a run for their money tonight, because whether you like it or not, players don’t play for draft position. For a lot of fans, they’re just hoping the Wings will tank out the season to secure the best-possible draft position. As it stands right now, they’re very unlikely to land a top-three pick, and could be a long shot for top-five. At this point, I’m just looking for entertaining hockey.

Some notes from yesterday’s practice; Darren Helm skated, but will be a game-time decision. The goalie carousel continues as Petr Mrazek will get the nod.

Here’s a look at our expected lineups for tonight.

Expected Lineups

Red Wings

Forwards

Tomas Tatar Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist
Anthony Mantha Frans Nielsen Riley Sheahan
Andreas Athanasiou Dylan Larkin Justin Abdelkader
Luke Glendening Tomas Nosek Drew Miller

Defensemen

Dan DeKeyser Nick Jensen
Niklas Kronwall Mike Green
Xavier Ouellet Robbie Russo

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Lightning

Forwards

Ondrej Palat Brayden Point Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn Vladislav Namestnikov Jonathan Drouin
Adam Erne Yanni Gourde Joel Vermin
Luke Witkowski Gabriel Dumont J.T. Brown

Defensemen

Victor Hedman Jake Dotchin
Jason Garrison Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn Andrej Sustr

Goaltenders

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Peter Budaj


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Game Day Prediction Contest

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Make your game predictions on the winning team, final score, and who the Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated in the questions. If you don't use those formats, your answers will be disregarded. All submissions are timestamped and will be accepted only until the official game start time. All other submissions after that will be disregarded. Only one submission per person, please. POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

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