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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings preview: Bolts look for third straight win

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After tonight, a four game road trip.

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings: Game 37

Time: 7:00 pm Eastern Time

Location: Amalie Arena

Broadcast/Streaming: SunS

Opponent SBNation Site: Wingin’ it in Motown

Preview:

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

Forward Lines

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Steven Stamkos

Mathieu Joseph - Tyler Johnson - Yanni Gourde

Pat Maroon - Cedric Paquette - Mitchell Stephens

Defense Pairings

Victor Hedman - Jan Rutta

Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk

Goaltenders

Curtis McElhinney

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Detroit Red Wings

Forward Lines

Andreas Athanasiou - Dylan Larkin - Tyler Bertuzzi

Darren Helm - Valtteri Filppula - Filip Zadina

Robby Fabbri - Frans Nielsen - Luke Glendening

Adam Erne - Justin Abdelkader - Brendan Perlini

Defense Pairings

Patrik Nemeth - Mike Green

Filip Hronek - Trevor Daley

Alex Biega - Madison Bowey

Goalies

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard