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Morning Skate: Lightning vs Red Wings

6:00p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Lightning Blogs: Raw Charge

This one won’t be easy.

TBL is coming off of a 7 goal annihilation of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Red Wings are coming off of a game where they scored four goals, which is considered a lot for them. Tampa Bay is one of the more potent high-powered offense teams in the NHL. They have players like Steven Stamkos, who can literally score whenever he wants, and great setup players like Tyler Johnson and Valtteri Filppula (I miss you.. I miss you a lot.)

If the Wings are going to get out of this alive, they need to do what they did last game: Capitalize on the power-play. TBL’s PK is definitely not their strong-point. I would consider them pretty thin at the backend, so that’s where we can take an advantage. I look for another big game from Niklas Kronwall, Jakub Kindl, and expect Darren Helm to start scoring some god damned goals. I am terrified for this stupid Tampa team, but fuck them. We will win this game.

The Expected Lineups


Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Johan Franzen
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Justin Abdelkader
Andrej Nestrasil Darren Helm Daniel Cleary
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Joakim Andersson


Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Brendan Smith Danny DeKeyser
Jakub Kindl Kyle Quincey/Brian Lashoff


Jimmy Howard (starting)
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Tomas Jurco

Injuries: Stephen Weiss (groin) & Kyle Quincey (probable), Pavel Datsyuk (groin, also i hate my life)


Valtteri Filppula Steven Stamkos Ryan Callahan
Ondrej Palat Tyler Johnson Nikita Kucherov
Jonathan Drouin Vladislav Namestnikov Cedric Paquette
Brendan Morrow Brian Boyle JT Brown


Anton Stralman Matt Carle
Jason Garrison Radko Gudas
Eric Brewer Andrej Sustr


Ben Bishop (starting)
Evgeni Nabokov

10-3-1 (21 pts) Record 7-3-4 (18 pts)
3.86 (2nd in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.64 (14th in NHL)
2.64 (15th) Goals Against Per Game 2.21 (9th)
27.1% (3rd) Power Play % 16.4% (20th)
78.6% (19th) Penalty Kill % 89.6% (2nd)
Steven Stamkos (8 goals) Goal Leader Gustav Nyquist (7 goals)
Tyler Johnson (17 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (16 points)

Opponent Outlook

Player to Fear: Steven Stamkos. The way he shoots the puck gives me nightmares.

X-Factor: Valtteri Filppula. Remember him? Do you think he remembers us?

Familiar Faces: Steve Yzerman. You know.. The guy who once did the thing.

  • The Red Wings are 26-9-2 (W-L-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Jimmy Howard is 3-1-1 all-time against Tampa Bay./

Let’s Go Red Wings.

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