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Tampa Bay goes for fourth straight victory; Detroit looking for best start since 2011-12

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

LIGHTNING (4-1-0) at RED WINGS (4-1-0)

7:30 p.m. ET; SN1, TVA Sports, FS-D, SUN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Tampa Bay Lightning will go for their fourth straight victory when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Monday.

Tampa Bay is coming off a 3-0-0 homestand and will be playing their second road game of the season. Their one loss this season came in their previous road game, 5-4 at the Florida Panthers on Oct. 7.

The Red Wings are looking for their first 5-1-0 start since the 2011-12 season. They have won two straight games and went 3-1-0 on a four-game road trip.

 

Players to watch

Forward Nikita Kucherov has scored a goal in each of the Lightning's first five games. He's the first player to score in the first five games of his team's season since Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks in 2012-13.

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard has won his first three starts of a season for the first time since starting 4-0-0 in 2011-12.

 

They said it

"It's the same team but this is a new building for them and a new era. We're expecting a hostile environment." -- Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman

"I don't know how [Henrik Zetterberg] sees the passes he makes, but it is fun to be on the ice with him." -- Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha, who will move onto Zetterberg's line against the Lightning

 

Lightning projected lineup

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Steven Stamkos -- Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Yanni Gourde

Chris Kunitz - Cedric Paquette -- Ryan Callahan

Alex Killorn -- Tyler Johnson

Victor Hedman -- Jake Dotchin

Mikhail Sergachev -- Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn -- Dan Girardi

Slater Koekkoek

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Peter Budaj

Scratched: J.T. Brown, Gabriel Dumont, Andrej Sustr

Injured: Erik Condra (back)

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Anthony Mantha -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Justin Abdelkader -- Dylan Larkin -- Tomas Tatar

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Martin Frk

Luke Witkowski -- Riley Sheahan -- Luke Glendening

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green

Xavier Ouellet -- Nick Jensen

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: David Booth

Injured: Tyler Bertuzzi (wrist), Evgeny Svechnikov(neck), Danny DeKeyser (lower body)

 

Status report

Point missed the morning skate because of an illness but is expected to play. …  Witkowski, who can play at forward or defense, will move into the lineup to provide depth on both ends of the ice. He had been scratched from the past two games. He signed with the Red Wings on July 1 after spending the previous three seasons with the Lightning.

 

Stat pack

Points (three goals, five assists) is tied with Kucherov (five goals, three assists) with a Lightning-high eight points. … Zetterberg has six points (two goals, four assists) during a three-game point streak.

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