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Red Wings @ Lightning: Updates, Projected Lineups and Keys to the Game

Wings look to put ugly three-game stretch behind them and pickup their first win of the season

Detroit Red Wings v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images


With Libor Sulak sent down to clear room for Trevor Daley’s return and Danny DeKeyser now sidelined, Joe Hicketts should factor into the lineup.

Also, as anticipated, the Bolts will get back veteran winger, Ryan Callahan, for tonight’s game after placing Cory Conacher on waivers yesterday...

Projected Lineups

Detroit Red Wings


Darren HelmDylan LarkinGustav Nyquist
Tyler BertuzziFrans NielsenAndreas Athanasiou
Michael RasmussenLuke GlendeningJustin Abdelkader
Thomas VanekChristoffer EhnAnthony Mantha


Niklas KronwallFilip Hronek
Dennis CholowskiTrevor Daley
Joe Hicketts — Nick Jensen


Jimmy Howard
Jonathan Bernier

Tampa Bay Lightning


Yanni GourdeBrayden PointSteven Stamkos
Ondrej PalatTyler JohnsonNikita Kucherov
Alex KillornAnthony CirelliMathieu Joseph
Ryan Callahan — Cedric PaquetteJ.T. Miller


Victor HedmanDan Girardi
Ryan McDonaghAnton Stralman
Braydon CoburnMikhail Sergachev


Andrei Vasilevskiy
Louis Domingue

Keys to the Game

Stoke the Fire

The Wings desperately need the first goal in this game to quiet the home crowd and shake the cobwebs of their last two losses. They’ve been outscored 20-8 in their last three matchups — all against Atlantic Division rivals — and need to get something going offensively. Use your legs and force the Tampa defenders into making mistakes in their own end to open up some scoring opportunities.

Play Aggressive...but, not Over the Line

Aggressive is the name of the game especially on the forecheck. However, don’t over compensate to the point where it lands you in the sin bin. The Wings have surrendered four goals on the man advantage, while allowing 12 opportunities to their opponents over the past three games. The Bolts currently rank sixth in the NHL with a 31.3% success rate on the powerplay, so limiting those chances will be crucial.