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Red Wings at Lightning preview

Detroit has lost five straight; Tampa Bay can win third in row

by Corey Long / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

RED WINGS (9-27-3) at LIGHTNING (19-13-4)

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

 

The Game

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to win their third consecutive game when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Amalie Arena on Sunday.

Tampa Bay, which is 5-2-1 in its past eight, will be playing their third of six straight games against Atlantic Division opponents.

Detroit has lost five straight including a 5-4 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday. The Red Wings have been outscored 23-12 during that stretch and are 2-15-2 in their past 19 games.

 

Players to watch

Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi has four goals in his past six games.

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past two games.

 

They said it

"We need to play with the same competitiveness, the same work ethic, the same confidence with the puck that we did [Saturday]. We have to eliminate the easy chances against [caused] by poor fundamentals." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

"We're in no position right now to judge pressure on who we're playing. Because the way we sit right now we need all the points we can get. Quite frankly, we don't really care, we want the two points regardless of who we're playing." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Andreas Athanasiou -- Dylan Larkin -- Tyler Bertuzzi

Robby Fabbri -- Frans Nielsen -- Filip Zadina

Darren Helm -- Luke Glendening -- Adam Erne

Christoffer Ehn -- Justin Abdelkader -- Brendan Perlini

Patrik Nemeth -- Mike Green

Filip Hronek -- Trevor Daley

Alex Biega -- Madison Bowey

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Injured: Valtteri Filppula (upper body), Jonathan Ericsson (upper body), Anthony Mantha (upper body), Danny DeKeyser (back surgery)

Scratched: Brian Lashoff, Calvin Pickard


Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Steven Stamkos

Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Yanni Gourde

Mathieu Joseph -- Mitchell Stephens -- Tyler Johnson

Victor Hedman -- Jan Rutta

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Curtis McElhinney

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Injured: Braydon Coburn (lower body)

Scratched: Luke Schenn, Carter Verhaeghe

 

Status report

Blashill said he did not expect Filppula's absence to be long term. … Bernier could start although Blashill would not confirm his starting goalie. 

 

Stat pack

Point has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past seven games. … Nielsen has three points (one goal, two assists) in a three-game point streak. … Killorn has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past six games. … Larkin had a goal and an assist against the Panthers on Saturday.

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