Morning Skate: Red Wings at Lightning

Game 49

7:30p ET, Amalie Arena

Tampa, FL

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Lightning Blog: Raw Charge

The Red Wings visit Tampa tonight and I must confess that I like it when we play the Lightning. I have a massive hockey crush on Stamkos, I like Ben Bishop, and of course Steve Yzerman has my respect. They no longer have Dick Panik, and I have nothing against Filppula. Of course I want the Wings to annihilate the Bolts tonight, take both points, and leave the Lightning licking their wounds, but tomorrow I'll have a soft spot for them all over again. The Wings currently sit one point ahead of the Bolts for the division lead and 2nd in the Eastern Conference, but the lead can be a fickle, fickle thing, so I demand 2 points tonight to stay on track on our quest for the top.

The LIghtning lost to the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night in a game where they weren't happy with their play. Expect them to come out with extra determination to get that bad taste out of their mouths. The Wings can't come out against the Bolts like they did against the Panthers, or there may be hell to pay. They have to get puck in deep, work hard, get some greasy goals, get traffic in front of the net, play well in all 3 zones, get their feet moving, and come out with a solid 60 minute effort. I think that covers all the main points.

Tomas Jurco is expected to probably, possibly, maybe return tonight and put Danny Cleary back where he belongs (in the press box scaring children).

The Expected Lineups


Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Darren Helm Pavel Datsyuk Tomas Tatar
Stephen Weiss Riley Sheahan Luke Glendening
Drew Miller Joakim Andersson Tomas Jurco


Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Kyle Quincey
Xavier Ouellet Brendan Smith


Petr Mrazek (starting)
Thomas McCollum

Scratches: Brian Lashoff & Danny Cleary

Injuries: Johan Franzen (headaches), Jakub Kindl (elbow), Jimmy Howard (groin) & Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder)


Valtteri Filppula
Steven Stamkos Ryan Callahan
Ondrej Palat
Tyler Johnson
Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn
Cedric Paquette
Jonathan Drouin
Brendan Morrow
Brian Boyle
Brett Connolly


Andrej Sustr
Victor Hedman
Mark Barberio
Anton Stralman
Jason Garrison
Nikita Nesterov


Ben Bishop (starting)
Evgeni Nabokov

30-15.4 (64 pts; 3rd in East) Record 28-11-9 (65 pts; 2nd in East)
3.18 (1stin NHL) Goals Per Game 2.96 (8th in NHL)
2.59 (15th) Goals Against Per Game 2.42 (8th)
18.1% (16th) Power Play % 25.3% (2nd)
81.8% (14th) Penalty Kill % 83.2% (8th)
Steven Stamkos (26 goals) Goal Leader Tomas Tatar (21 goals)
Tyler Johnson (48 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (45 points)

  • The Red Wings are 26-7-2-3 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Lightning./

  • Last 10 Games: Tampa 6-4-0, Detroit 8-2-0/

  • Mrazek's has only played 1 game against the Lightning, it was a 3-0 loss in December of 2013 and he had a .923 SV% and 2.03 GAA. In that game. Both teams were scoreless until about 4 minutes into the 3rd period, Tampa got 2 goals withing a 6 minute period, then got an empty netter to seal the deal. Gustav Nyquist has a goal waived off because the whistle blew despite the puck being loose in the crease, and Johan Franzen got a game misconduct for yelling at Radko Gudas after Gudas punched Franzen in the face.
Let's Go Red Wings!!!