Red Wings vs. Lightning — Gameday Updates, Projected Lineups and Keys to the Game

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Gameday Updates

The Red Wings need a spark in their lineup and hopefully they will have Dylan Larkin back for tonight’s game…

And, it looks like Jeff Blashill continues to throw names in a hat and randomly pick them out one-by-one to determine who will dress and who will sit for each game…

Projected Lineups

Detroit Red Wings

Tampa Bay Lightning

Forwards

Ondrej Palat — Brayden Point — Anthony Cirelli

Alex Killorn — Yanni Gourde — Steven Stamkos

Barclay Goodrow — Tyler Johnson — Blake Coleman

Patrick Maroon — Mathieu Joseph — Alexander Volkov

Defense

Victor Hedman — Eric Cernak

Ryan McDonagh — Andreas Borgman

Mikhail Sergachev — Callan Foote

Goalies

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Keys to the Game

A Spark

It’s likely that Dylan Larkin returns to the lineup after missing the last four games and this team misses his leadership and competitive spirit. Larkin is still second on the team in scoring with 11 points and would provide a much needed boost in the top six. If the Wings want a chance to beat the Lightning, they will need all hands on deck offensively. Considering the Bolts play a fast-paced tempo, Larkin’s speed and skill will be welcomed back with open arms.

Powerplay Success

The Wings scored powerplay goals in back-to-back games thanks to Anthony Mantha and Filip Zadina, finally breaking through after a 40-attempt draught. Remarkably, the Lightning are one of the most penalized teams in the league with 240 PIM’s (T-5th). But, what’s more impressive is their ability to kill those penalties with an 87.7 PK% (T-2nd). When the Wings get their chance, they will have to capitalize — not many teams have been able to do so — as goals will be at a premium in this matchup.

Sustained Pressure

The Lightning are one of the better teams at 5-on-5 this season, thanks in large part to the fact that they’ve been able to minimize the number of high-danger chances against them. They have a 51.69 HDCF% (9th), but as a testament to Andrei Vasilevskiy’s stellar play this season, the team leads the league with an 87.86 HDSV% per Natural Stat Trick. The Wings certainly need to generate more pressure in the offensive zone and create more high-danger chances having just 164 on the year (T-24th).

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