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Red Wings look to slow Lightning forward Johnson

by Corey Long / NHL.com

TAMPA -- The way Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock sees it, each side is even now after the Tampa Bay Lightning staged a comeback win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round series.

"We stole Game 1 and they stole [Game 4]," Babcock said after the 3-2 overtime loss Thursday. "So it should be 2-2 and it's the best-of-3."

The roller-coaster ride that's been this best-of-7 series returns to Amalie Arena on Saturday for Game 5 (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, FS-D, FS-F). The Red Wings will try to win their second game on the road to set the opportunity to clinch the series at Joe Louis Arena on Monday.

"Every championship team I've been around has faced adversity," Babcock said after practice Friday. "You never get better without adversity."

The next task for the Red Wings will be to stop Lightning forward Tyler Johnson, who has four goals in the series and scored in overtime Thursday.

Babcock will likely keep Pavel Datsyuk and Luke Glendening on the assignment, but defenseman Niklas Kronwall said it needs to be a team effort.

"We have to do a better job of slowing him down," Kronwall said. "That's easier when [Glendening] is on the ice, but even when he's not we have to take away his space. We made some mistakes and he took advantage of them."

Glendening missed the final 7:28 of regulation and the overtime period in Game 4 to receive stitches for his hand. He will play Saturday and looks forward to the challenge of keeping Johnson at bay.

"They are a tough line to play against," Glendening said of the unit also featuring Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov. "They are highly skilled and dynamic. But I will help the team in any capacity they need me to. If that means just playing a couple minutes or playing against that line, it's good."

Here are the projected lineups:

RED WINGS

Justin Abdelkader - Henrik Zetterberg - Gustav Nyquist

Darren Helm - Pavel Datsyuk - Tomas Tatar

Joakim Andersson - Riley Sheahan - Tomas Jurco

Drew Miller - Luke Glendening - Landon Ferraro

Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Danny DeKeyser - Kyle Quincey

Brendan Smith - Marek Zidlicky

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Stephen Weiss, Teemu Pulkkinen, Daniel Cleary, Jakub Kindl, Alexey Marchenko

Injured: Erik Cole (spinal contusion), Johan Franzen (concussion)

LIGHTNING

Alex KillornSteven StamkosRyan Callahan

Ondrej PalatTyler JohnsonNikita Kucherov

Vladislav NamestnikovValtteri FilppulaCedric Paquette

Jonathan DrouinBrian BoyleJ.T. Brown

Victor HedmanAnton Stralman

Nikita NesterovJason Garrison

Matt CarleBraydon Coburn

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratched: Mark Barberio, Brenden Morrow, Andrej Sustr

Injured: none

Status report: The Red Wings had light participation for the optional skate Saturday after a full practice Friday in Brandon, Fla. … Glendening said he wasn't sure how his hand got cut and he was trying to rush back to play in overtime.

Who's hot: Nyquist scored Thursday, his first playoff goal in the past 12 games.

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