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Red Wings, Lightning have similar issues

by Lonnie Herman

TAMPA -- The game Thursday between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings looks like a matchup between two pretty even teams, even in the injury column.

The Red Wings have four skaters out with injury, including Henrik Zetterberg. The Lightning have six players hurt, including Steven Stamkos.

The Red Wings are coming off a shootout loss Tuesday against the Florida Panthers; the Lightning lost in a shootout Tuesday against the Washington Capitals.

And to top it off, Detroit enters the game one point ahead of Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division.

"Many people have said that we're playing teams that are healthy and we are banged-up and we can't sit here and have a pity party over it," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "Everybody goes through it. But [Thursday] we're playing a team that is just as banged-up as we are. So there is no excuses about what is going to go on."

Detroit coach Mike Babcock sees it similarly.

"I don't think we're going through struggles," Babcock said. "I don't see that. I don't think the attitude our team has is that we're struggling; I think the attitude our team has is that we can find a way to get better each and every day. Finding your attitude is a matter of deciding what you want to focus on. Our plan is to get three out of four points on this [two-game] road trip."

The Red Wings will go with Jonas Gustavsson in net Thursday after Jimmy Howard injured his knee at practice Wednesday. He's expected to miss 1-2 weeks. Petr Mrazek was summoned from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey league to back-up Gustavsson.

Here are the lineups the teams likely will go with Thursday:


Justin AbdelkaderPavel DatsyukDaniel Alfredsson

Gustav NyquistJohan FranzenTodd Bertuzzi

Tomas TatarJoakim AnderssonMikael Samuelsson

Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Daniel Cleary

Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey - Brendan Smith

Jakub Kindl - Brian Lashoff

Jonas Gustavsson

Petr Mrazek

Injured: Henrik Zetterberg (back), Darren Helm (groin, shoulder), Danny DeKeyser (shoulder), Jimmy Howard (Knee)


J.T. BrownValtteri FilppulaTeddy Purcell

Martin St. LouisTyler JohnsonOndrej Palat

Dana TyrellAlex KillornNikita Kucherov

B.J. CrombeenNate Thompson

Eric BrewerRadko Gudas

Sami SaloMatt Taormina

Matthew CarleMark Barberio

Andrej Sustr

Ben Bishop

Anders Lindback

Suspended: Richard Panik

Injured: Keith Aulie (broken hand), Victor Hedman (lower body), Pierre-Cedric Labrie (upper body), Ryan Malone (lower body) Steven Stamkos (broken tibia), Tom Pyatt (broken collarbone)

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