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Red Wings at Lightning preview

Stamkos, Kucherov try to extend point streaks to 11 for Tampa Bay; Detroit looks to avoid sixth straight loss

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

RED WINGS (4-5-1) at LIGHTNING (8-1-1)

7:30 p.m., SUN, FS-D, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov can become the seventh set of teammates with 11-game point streaks to start a season when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

They can be the first to reach that mark since 1992-93, when it was done by Dave Andreychuk and Pat LaFontaine of the Buffalos Sabres, Joe Juneau and Dmitri Kvartalnov of the Boston Bruins, and Ron Francis, Mario Lemieux and Kevin Stevens of the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Lightning are going for their fourth straight win. The Red Wings have lost five straight games (0-4-1) and have been outscored 18-9 during that span.

Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou, who agreed to terms on a one-year contract Friday, likely will make his season debut.

The Lightning defeated the Red Wings 3-2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Oct. 16, which started the Red Wings' current losing streak.

 

Players to watch

Frans Nielsen has 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) in 35 games against the Lightning, the most he has against any Atlantic Division team.

Ondrej Palat has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 18 games against the Red Wings, tied for his second-most against any NHL team.

 

They said it

"There are things that we see from Tampa that we can exploit and they have things that they present that we better do a good job with. I've coached against [Lightning coach] Jon Cooper teams a lot ... if you don't manage the puck and you don't do a great job of gapping and tracking they're going to have a real good night on the entries and rush game." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

"I expect the same game we always get from Detroit: A hard-checking game without a lot of space out there and a lot of little battles that we need to win." -- Lightning forward Ondrej Palat.

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist -- Anthony Mantha

Tomas Tatar -- Dylan Larkin -- Justin Abdelkader

Andreas Athanasiou -- Frans Nielsen -- Darren Helm

Martin Frk -- Luke Glendening -- Scott Wilson

Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Xavier Ouellet -- Nick Jensen

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: David Booth, Luke Witkowski

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (lower body)

 

Lightning projected lineup

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Steven Stamkos -- Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Yanni Gourde

Chris Kunitz - J.T. Brown -- Ryan Callahan

Alex Killorn -- Tyler Johnson

Victor Hedman -- Jake Dotchin

Mikhail Sergachev -- Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn -- Dan Girardi

Andrej Sustr

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Gabriel Dumont, Slater Koekkoek

Injured:Cedric Paquette (upper body)

 

Status report

Blashill said all lineup determinations will be made before warmups. DeKeyser participated in the optional morning skate but stayed on the ice with the healthy scratches. … Paquette likely will be out for a couple of weeks.

 

Stat pack

Stamkos leads the NHL in points (20) and assists (17); Kucherov leads the League in goals (11). ... Zetterberg has eight points (three goals, five assists) in the past eight games.

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