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Game one of the post playoff streak era begins with a familiar foe

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

7:30p ET, Amalie Arena

Tampa Bay, FL

TV: FSD

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

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In case you somehow managed to miss it, the Red Wings long playoff streak officially ended on Tuesday night after a 4-1 loss in Carolina. The Red Wings also lost another player to injury during their trip down to Raleigh as Luke Glendening is done for the season with a fractured ankle.

So now the Red Wings find themselves in the position of spoiler, a position they have not been in a very long time. First up for them is the familiar face of the Tampa Bay Lightning. They have dealt with a ton of injury issues of their own but find themselves within three points of Boston for a Wild Card spot and four points back of Toronto for third in the Atlantic. The last time we saw Tampa they did Tampa things to the Red Wings, beating them 2-1 in overtime in the last visit to The Joe. Nikita Kucherov is still a Red Wings killer as he scored the OT goal in (somewhat controversial fashion) and with all the injuries Tampa has dealt with is the unquestioned offensive leader of the Lightning.

Lottery seeding be damned, dealing a strong blow to the Lightning’s playoff hopes will help to heal the pain of the Red Wings missing out on the post season this year and a win tonight would do just that.

The lineups are based on what the Red Wings iced for Tuesday’s game. Like always, we will have any updates for you in the update post later on today.

Expected Lineups

Red Wings

Forwards

Tomas Tatar Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist
Riley Sheahan Frans Nielsen Darren Helm
Anthony Mantha Dylan Larkin Justin Abdelkader
Drew Miller Tomas Nosek Ben Street

Defensemen

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

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: None

Injuries: Luke Glendening, Andreas Athanasiou, Mitch Callahan, Ryan Sproul, Jonathan Ericsson, Johan Franzen (LTIR), Joe Vitale (LTIR)

Lightning

Forwards

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

Defensemen

Victor Hedman Jake Dotchin
Braydon Coburn Andrej Sustr
Anton Stralman Luke Witkowski

Goaltenders

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Peter Budaj

Scratches/Injuries: Steven Stamkos, Ryan Callahan, Tyler Johnson, Cedric Paquette, Jason Garrison

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Game Day Prediction Contest

Would you like to predict the outcome of the game and potentially become internet famous? Well you're in luck, because here's your opportunity. Here's how it works.

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.

Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 2 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct you'll receive 15 points.