Skip to Main Content
game preview

Red Wings at Lightning preview

Tampa Bay looks to end skid against division foes; Detroit eyes third straight victory

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

RED WINGS (23-23-9) at LIGHTNING (38-16-3)

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

 

The Game

The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to avoid their third consecutive loss against an Atlantic Division opponent when they host the Detroit Red Wings at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

The Lightning are coming off back-to-back losses at the Toronto Maple Leafs (4-3 on Monday) and at the Buffalo Sabres (5-3 on Tuesday) after going 7-2-0 in their previous nine games. Tampa Bay still leads the division with an NHL-best 79 points, one point ahead of the Boston Bruins and four points ahead of the Maple Leafs.

Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov leads the NHL in scoring with 72 points (30 goals, 42 assists).

The Red Wings seek their third straight win following a three-game losing streak (0-2-1). Detroit is eight points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

The Red Wings are 0-9-1 in their past 10 regular-season games against Tampa Bay.

 

Players to watch

Red Wings center Frans Nielsen has seven points (two goals, five assists) in a five-game point streak.

Lightning forward Yanni Gourde has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in a seven-game point streak.

 

They said it

"The last three games I think we've played really well. The last game against Tampa [Bay], I thought we deserved better results than we got, but we played a good game. We just have to be good on the forecheck, not have any turnovers or overshoot the puck." -- Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar

"Have we played the smartest hockey of late? Maybe not. But that Toronto game, we easily could have gotten points. Buffalo, we put ourselves in a tough situation with penalties. ... Now we've put a little pressure on ourselves to get points in this two-game homestand, and we've got to do it." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Anthony Mantha -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Tomas Tatar -- Dylan Larkin -- David Booth

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Justin Abdelkader

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Luke Glendening -- Martin Frk

Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen

Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Luke Witkowski, Xavier Ouellet

Injured: Andreas Athanasiou (illness)

 

Lightning projected lineup

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Steven Stamkos -- Nikita Kucherov

Yanni Gourde -- Brayden Point -- Tyler Johnson

Alex Killorn -- Matthew Peca -- Adam Erne

Chris Kunitz -- Cedric Paquette -- Ryan Callahan

Victor Hedman -- Anton Stralman

Mikhail Sergachev -- Dan Girardi

Andrej Sustr -- Braydon Coburn

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Louis Domingue

Scratched: Slater Koekkoek, Cory Conacher, Jake Dotchin

Injured: Ondrej Palat (lower body), Peter Budaj (lower body)

 

Status report

Point did not participate in the morning skate for body maintenance. If Point cannot play, Conacher will replace him in the lineup. … Athanasiou, who was benched in the third period against Anaheim on Tuesday, is not expected to play.

 

Stat pack

Zetterberg has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past four games. … Stamkos has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games.

View More

The NHL has updated its Privacy Policy effective January 16, 2020. We encourage you to review it carefully.

The NHL uses cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies. By using NHL websites or other online services, you consent to the practices described in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, including our Cookie Policy.