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Preview: Lightning at Red Wings

Goaltender Petr Mrazek to start for Detroit; Tampa Bay aims to build off shutout of Islanders

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

LIGHTNING (9-6-1) at RED WINGS (8-7-1)

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

 

Lightning team scope

The Tampa Bay Lightning will be playing their second game in as many nights when they face the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday. Tampa Bay beat the New York Islanders 4-0 at Barclays Center on Monday. Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves in the shutout. "I want to say thank you to our guys and thank you for the shutout," he said. The Lightning defeated the Red Wings 6-4 on Oct. 13 in the season opener for each team. Cedric Paquette, Alex Killorn and now-injured Jonathan Drouin (upper body) each had a goal and an assist. Goaltender Ben Bishop will start. He is coming off two straight losses and is 2-2-0 in his past four starts despite giving up seven goals in that span. 

 

Red Wings team scope

Petr Mrazek will be in goal against the Lightning after Jimmy Howard started the past four games. Mrazek played the third period of Detroit's 5-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, stopping all 12 shots he faced. "It was good to be able to get back on the ice for a period after not having played for a while," he said Tuesday. Mrazek is 0-2-1 in his past four appearances; he hasn't won since starting in a 2-1 victory at the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 27. In a planned move, defenseman Niklas Kronwall will not play to rest his chronic knee problems. He'll be replaced by rookie Ryan Sproul, who has been a healthy scratch for the last seven games. "My main concern is rust, because I've never been in a situation where I've only been watching games," Sproul said. "It's a tough adjustment." 

 

Lightning projected lineup

Alex Killorn -- Tyler Johnson -- Ondrej Palat

Nikita Kucherov -- Vladislav Namestnikov -- Steven Stamkos

Ryan Callahan -- Valtteri Filppula -- Brayden Point

Brian Boyle -- Cedric Paquette -- J.T. Brown

Victor Hedman -- Andrej Sustr

Jason Garrison -- Nikita Nesterov

Braydon Coburn -- Slater Koekkoek

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratched: Luke Witkowski

Injured: Jonathan Drouin (upper body), Anton Stralman (upper body)

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Justin Abdelkader

Luke Glendening -- Frans Nielsen -- Dylan Larkin

Gustav Nyquist -- Darren Helm -- Anthony Mantha

Drew Miller -- Riley Sheahan -- Steve Ott

Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson -- Alexey Marchenko

Brendan Smith -- Ryan Sproul

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Xavier Ouellet, Niklas Kronwall

Injured: Tomas Jurco (back), Thomas Vanek (middle body), Andreas Athanasiou (lower body)

 

Status report

Stralman will miss his second game with a lower-body injury, but could return later in Tampa Bay's five-game road trip. Drouin (upper body) is also hoping to play later on the trip. … The Lightning did not hold a morning skate. … With Mantha in the lineup for a second straight game, the Red Wings returned forward Tyler Bertuzzi to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. … Detroit coach Jeff Blashill moved Glendening onto a line with Larkin and Nielsen, with Nyquist dropping down to play with Helm and Mantha.

 

Who's hot 

Stamkos leads the Lightning with 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 16 games. … Kucherov has 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 15 games, including 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the past seven games. … Zetterberg has six points (two goals, four assists) in Detroit's past six games. … After allowing five goals against the Canadiens, Howard has a 1.80 goals-against average and .943 save percentage this season.

 

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