Morning Skate: Lightning at Red Wings

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, NBCSN

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket/1270 AM

Lightning Blog: Raw Charge

The Montreal Massacre is over and it's on to the Lightning.

Detroit finds itself in a somewhat familiar situation. A few weeks ago the Red Wings had the opportunity to face the Jets and Oilers with both opponents coming to the Joe on the second night of a back-to-back (the Wings lost both games). Tonight against Tampa Bay will be that exact same scenario.

The Lightning took on the Islanders last night in Brooklyn and skated to a 4-0 win. The thing about Tampa is that they've alternated wins and losses since the start of November. Which would mean good things tonight. It's basically guaranteed that the Wings will win and they're going to work really hard to get their 2 points.

Why will they work really hard? Because Luke Glendening may have worked his way into a top-6 role. Yup. This is not a mistake. Glendening is going to get in on the forecheck and create space for his linemates.


It will definitely be interesting. A few other lineup notes... Petr Mrazek will start in net and Niklas Kronwall will get the night off. We'll likely see Ryan Sproul get back on the ice.

Detroit Expected Lineup


Justin Abdelkader Henrik Zetterberg Tomas Tatar
Dylan Larkin Frans Nielsen Luke Glendening
Gus Nyquist Darren Helm Anthony Mantha
Drew Miller Riley Sheahan Tyler Bertuzzi


Danny DeKeyser Mike Green
Brendan Smith Ryan Sproul
Jonathan Ericsson Alexey Marchenko


Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Niklas Kronwall, Steve Ott, Xavier Ouellet

Injuries: Andreas Athanasiou

Lightning Expected Lineup


Vladislav Namestnikov Steven Stamkos Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat Tyler Johnson Alex Killorn
Ryan Callahan Valtteri Filppula Brayden Point
Brian Boyle Cedric Paquette J.T. Brown


Victor Hedman Nikita Nesterov
Jason Garrison Andrej Sustr
Slater Koekkoek Braydon Coburn


Ben Bishop
Andrei Vasilevskiy


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.

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.