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Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings Preview and Game Day Thread

Can the Bolts put 60 minutes together as the end of the road trip draws near?

Detroit Red Wings v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings: GAME #64

Time: 12:30 pm Eastern Time

Location: Little Caesars Arena

Broadcast/Streaming: ESPN+, BSSUN, BSDET

Opponent SBNation Site: Winging it in Motown

Even the best long vacations have that moment where you’re just exhausted and start thinking about it being time to go home. As the Lightning play in their 10th different city in the last 10 games that point is probably here. Not to mention that this hasn’t been the best of road trips. Detroit was the last team they played at home before this weird stretch of 11 games in 11 different city (with only one being in Tampa). Over the 9 games they’ve played they have a lackluster 3-6 record.

Now they have a couple of afternoon games as they finish off the road trip with a back-to-back. The Red Wings are coming off of a 5-2 loss to the Islanders (the team the Lightning play on Sunday). Since the meeting with Tampa Bay back on March 4th Detroit has struggled even more, going 2-7 in their 9 games with wins over Vancouver and Philadelphia.

Tampa Bay has been mixing up the lines as they look to get some of their scorers back in the groove. (Gambling side note, the Lightning have played to the total goals under in seven straight games). The Ondrej Palat, Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov line has been re-united in practice while Brandon Hagel has been bumped up to play with Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn. Anthony Cirelli is centering the all-center line with Ross Colton and Nick Paul while the School Bus Line remains together.

If the Lightning are going to go through a small slump, now is the time to do it. They have a month (and a lot of home cooking) to right the ship and work their way back up the standings. The Atlantic is still crowded enough at the top that a quick wining streak will pop them out of the Wild Card spot in no time.

Tampa Bay Lightning projected lineup

Forwards

Ondrej Palat — Brayden Point — Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn — Steven Stamkos — Brandon Hagel

Nicholas Paul — Anthony Cirelli — Ross Colton

Pat Maroon — Pierre-Edouard Bellemare — Corey Perry

Defensemen

Victor Hedman — Jan Rutta

Mikhail Sergachev — Zach Bogosian

Ryan McDonagh — Erik Cernak

Goaltender

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Brian Elliott

Detroit Red Wings projected lineup

Forwards

Michael Rasmussen — Dylan Larkin — Lucas Raymond

Tyler Bertuzzi — Jakub Vrana — Pius Suter

Oskar Sundqvist — Adam Erne — Taro Hirose

Joe Veleno — Sam Gagner — Chase Pearson

Jordan Oesterle — Moritz Seider

Defensemen

Marc Staal — Filip Hronek

Gustav Lindstrom — Jake Walman

Goaltenders

Alex Nedeljkovic

Thomas Greiss