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Preview: Lightning at Red Wings

Tampa Bay three points out of playoff spot; Detroit hopes to avoid sweep of season series

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LIGHTNING (35-29-9) at RED WINGS (29-32-11)

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

 

Lightning team scope

The Tampa Bay Lightning are three points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference with a game in hand. "Just try to grab as many points as we can," forward Jonathan Drouin told the Lightning website after he had a goal and two assists in a 6-3 win at the Bruins on Thursday. "It's a tight race in the East. It's been that way for a while know. We know what's at stake, we know what we need to do. It's just up to us to grab those two points and play hard every night." Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy likely will start after Peter Budaj played Thursday. Defenseman Jason Garrison likely will miss the game after sustaining a lower-body injury Thursday. "We can't get too high on ourselves," Drouin said. "We have to forget about that one and get ready for Detroit."

 

Red Wings team scope

The Detroit Red Wings go for their fourth win in five games (3-0-1), and goaltender Petr Mrazek will start. Mrazek backed up Jimmy Howard in a 2-1 overtime win at the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. Mrazek is 16-20-7 and has lost his past three home starts. The Red Wings have lost all three games to the Lightning this season and have been outscored 14-8. "They look like a typical Jon Cooper team, a typical Tampa team," coach Jeff Blashill told Mlive.com on Friday. "They're very good in transition. They come forward at you a lot, so they come hard on the forecheck. They pinch their [defensemen]. You've got to be ready to get pucks behind, otherwise you're going to end up with the puck in your end a lot." Forward Darren Helm will miss his third straight game because of a leg injury.

 

Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Vladislav Namestnikov -- Jonathan Drouin

J.T. Brown -- Gabriel Dumont -- Luke Witkowski

Joel Vermin -- Yanni Gourde -- Adam Erne

Victor Hedman -- Jake Dotchin

Slater Koekkoek-- Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn -- Andrej Sustr

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Greg McKegg

Injured: Steven Stamkos (knee), Ryan Callahan (hip), Tyler Johnson (lower body), Cedric Paquette (lower body), Jason Garrison (lower body)

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Andreas Athanasiou -- Dylan Larkin -- Justin Abdelkader

Anthony Mantha -- Frans Nielsen -- Riley Sheahan

Tomas Nosek -- Luke Glendening -- Drew Miller

Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen

Mike Green -- Niklas Kronwall

Robbie Russo -- Xavier Ouellet

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Ben Street

Injured: Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), Ryan Sproul (knee), Darren Helm (leg), Mitch Callahan (shoulder)

 

Status report

Koekkoek was recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Friday and will play if Garrison can't. Koekkoek has four assists in 29 games this for the Lightning this season. ... Helm could return Sunday against the Minnesota Wild, Blashill said.

 

Who's hot

Kucherov, who had a hat trick Thursday, has six goals in his past three games and 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists) in his past 15 games. Hedman has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in his past 14 games. Point has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past six games. … Zetterberg has 19 points (two goals, 17 assists) in his past 15 games. Tatar has nine points (six goals, three assists) in his past seven games.

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