Lightning at Red Wings preview
Tampa Bay looks to move closer to first in division; Detroit 4-18-2 in past 24 gamesby Dave Hogg / NHL.com Independent Correspondent
LIGHTNING (43-20-5) at RED WINGS (16-48-5)
5 p.m. ET; FS-D, SUN, NHL.TV
The Tampa Bay Lightning can gain ground in the Atlantic Division when they face the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday.
The second-place Lightning defeated the division-leading Boston Bruins 5-3 on Saturday to move within seven points of first. Tampa Bay has won three of its past four games after a four-game losing streak.
Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman is out with a lower-body injury sustained Saturday, but defenseman Ryan McDonagh will play after he missed 14 games with the same injury.
Detroit defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Friday to end a six-game winless streak (0-5-1). The Red Wings have lost 20 of their past 24 games (4-18-2).
Players to watch
Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov scored against the Bruins for his second goal in two games. He has 43 points (20 goals, 23 assists) in his past 30.
Red Wings center Dylan Larkin had an assist against Chicago and has four points (one goal, three assists) in a three-game point streak.
They said it
"I think it's big, because we go into the period, they had scored two goals, there were a couple fights, it seems like momentum's kind of going in their favor, they get a power-play goal. To get that at the beginning of the period is huge going forward." -- Lightning forward Alex Killorn on scoring to give them a 4-2 lead against the Bruins at 1:08 of the third period
"He's played good hockey. He still has his ups and downs and I think he's going to be even better as his body gets stronger and quicker, but it was good for him to get that point." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on rookie defenseman Gustav Lindstrom, who got his first NHL point Friday
Lightning projected lineup
Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov
Blake Coleman -- Anthony Cirelli -- Alex Killorn
Barclay Goodrow -- Mitchell Stephens -- Tyler Johnson
Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Yanni Gourde
Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev -- Kevin Shattenkirk
Braydon Coburn -- Zach Bogosian
Scratched: Luke Schenn, Carter Verhaeghe
Injured: Jan Rutta (lower body), Steven Stamkos (core muscle injury), Victor Hedman (lower body)
Red Wings projected lineup
Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha
Sam Gagner -- Valtteri Filppula -- Robby Fabbri
Justin Abdelkader -- Frans Nielsen -- Dmytro Timashov
Darren Helm -- Luke Glendening -- Brendan Perlini
Trevor Daley -- Filip Hronek
Patrik Nemeth -- Alex Biega
Madison Bowey -- Gustav Lindstrom
Scratched: Dennis Cholowski, Christoffer Ehn, Jonathan Ericsson
Injured: Danny DeKeyser (back), Filip Zadina (ankle), Adam Erne (hand)
Rutta is still a few days away from playing. Lightning coach Jon Cooper said the defeneman could return during a three-game road trip to Western Canada that starts March 18 . … Zadina took part in a full practice Saturday for the first time since breaking his ankle Jan. 31. There remains no timeline for the forward's return.
Kucherov has 28 points (16 goals, 12 assists) in 24 games against the Red Wings. … Bernier has a .923 save percentage since Dec. 12, eighth in the NHL (minimum eight starts) during that span.