Time: 7:00 pm Eastern Time
Location: Amalie Arena
Opponent SBNation Site: Wingin’ it in Motown
Tonight, the Tampa Bay Lightning play their second night of a back-to-back against the Detroit Red Wings who are in the same situation. Both teams played high scoring games on Saturday night with the Wings losing 5-4 to the Panthers while the Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens by the same score.
For the Wings, Jonathan Bernier is expected to make his return from injury in time to start tonight’s game after Jimmy Howard played in Sunrise last night. Valtteri Filppula left yesterday’s game due to injury and could be out tonight.
The Lightning did some line shuffling against the Habs returning Mathieu Joseph to the lineup while Carter Verhaeghe was scratched. He left practice early on Friday but we haven’t gotten any clarification on whether he has some sort of injury/illness or whether he was a healthy scratch last night.
The Bolts will likely join the Wings in starting their backup goaltender as we expect Curtis McElhinney to give Andrei Vasilevskiy a night off. McElhinney was great in his last start limiting the Capitals to just two goals but didn’t get any offensive support as the Lightning eventually lost 3-1 after allowing an empty net goal.
Tonight represents the third of six consecutive division games for the Lightning. They won the first two and will look to continue that streak tonight. This is also the second game of a stretch where they’ll play 13 in 21 days before their bye week, which will then flow directly into the All-Star break meaning they’ll go nine days without playing a game during the second half of January. Getting as many points as they can over the next three weeks will be key to setting up for the playoff push.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Steven Stamkos
Mathieu Joseph - Tyler Johnson - Yanni Gourde
Pat Maroon - Cedric Paquette - Mitchell Stephens
Victor Hedman - Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk
Detroit Red Wings
Andreas Athanasiou - Dylan Larkin - Tyler Bertuzzi
Darren Helm - Valtteri Filppula - Filip Zadina
Robby Fabbri - Frans Nielsen - Luke Glendening
Adam Erne - Justin Abdelkader - Brendan Perlini
Patrik Nemeth - Mike Green
Filip Hronek - Trevor Daley
Alex Biega - Madison Bowey