RED WINGS (31-33-12) at LIGHTNING (37-29-9)
7:30 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-D, NHL.TV
Red Wings team scope
Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou (upper body) is a game-time decision, coach Jeff Blashill said. Athanasiou, who missed a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, alternated with center Ben Street during line rushes at the morning skate but did not participate in power-play drills. The Red Wings' run of making the Stanley Cup Playoffs for 25 consecutive seasons ended Tuesday but Blashill has downplayed any potential spoiler role with five of their final six games against teams remaining in contention. "Our focus is on our team and continuing to make sure we play for this culture," Blashill said. "Part of the greatness of this culture has been the everyday approach of our best players. We've got to make sure we continue that everyday approach." The Red Wings are 5-2-1 in their past eight games but 0-3-1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning this season.
Lightning team scope
The Lightning have won three consecutive games and are three points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The Lightning have one game in hand on the Bruins but Boston has five more wins in regulation or overtime, which would be the first tiebreaker at the end of the season. Coach Jon Cooper said the Lightning must continue to play with a postseason mentality. "Look where we are in the standings," Cooper said. "If you can't get up for these games, then you shouldn't be playing." Even though the Lightning are 4-0-0 against the Red Wings, forward Jonathan Drouin doesn't expect them to lay down. "They are division rivals and they are going to come out of the gate strong," Drouin said. "We need these two points and they know it, so I expect a tough game." Tampa Bay has won its past eight games against Detroit at Amalie Arena.
Red Wings projected lineup
Gustav Nyquist -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Tomas Tatar
Anthony Mantha -- Dylan Larkin -- Justin Abdelkader
Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Riley Sheahan
Ben Street -- Tomas Nosek -- Drew Miller
Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen
Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green
Xavier Ouellet -- Robbie Russo
Injured: Andreas Athanasiou (upper body), Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), Ryan Sproul (knee), Luke Glendening (lower body)
Lightning projected lineup
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
Victor Hedman -- Jake Dotchin
Anton Stralman -- Andrej Sustr
Braydon Coburn -- Luke Witkowski
Injured: Steven Stamkos (knee), Jason Garrison (lower body), Ryan Callahan (hip), Tyler Johnson (lower body), Cedric Paquette (lower body)
If Athanasiou is able to play he will likely replace Street. ... Johnson and Stamkos participated in the Lightning morning skate and both could return by the weekend.
Kucherov has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) during a five-game point streak. ... Tatar has eight points (six goals, two assists) in his past eight games. ... Drouin has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past five games.