Red Wings Take on Lightning For the Last Series at Home in Detroit This Season
The Detroit Red Wings will be finishing off their home games this weekend with back-to-back games against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Three points behind the Carolina Hurricanes and one point behind the Florida Panthers the Lightning will be looking for a win today versus the Red Wings despite already having clinched a playoff spot. The last time these two teams faced off the Red Wings managed to finally end a 17-game home winning streak against them in Tampa Bay. Here are the projected lineups for today’s game.
Tampa Bay Lightning:
Despite their Captain Steven Stamkos going down with an injury, the Lightning continues their winning ways and are currently on a four-game winning streak. Aided by the technically former Red Wing and new addition defenseman David Savard on the back end this team is relying on their stacked defense to keep them in games. Then it’s just a matter of time before their scoring depth finds a way.
The Lightning currently have eight players over 26 points on the season. Forward Brayden Point is leading the way with 22 goals, 24 assists, for 46 points in 50 games. Closely behind him is Ondrej Palat with 15 goals and 30 assists for 45 points, and directly behind him at 44 points is defenseman Victor Hedman with nine goals and 35 assists.
Andrei Vasilevskiy is in the driver’s seat in the net having played 39 games with 30 wins. He currently is posting a 2.10 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage and is second in the league with five shutouts. Vasilevskiy is expected to get the start in the net today.
Ondrej Palat – Brayden Point – Alex Barre-Boulet
Tyler Johnson – Anthony Cirelli – Alex Killorn
Barclay Goodrow – Yanni Gourde – Blake Coleman
Pat Maroon – Ross Colton – Mathieu Joseph
Victor Hedman – Erik Cernak
Ryan McDonagh – David Savard
Mikhail Sergachev – Luke Schenn
Detroit Red Wings:
The Red Wings were not able to get past the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night losing 3-1 despite playing well. Jakub Vrana again stood out and tallied the Red Wings lone goal. It has been a difficult streak of games for the Red Wings only producing two goals in three games despite plenty of scoring chances.
With forward Adam Erne still expected to be out due to COVID-protocol there are not any expected changes to the lineup. Jonathan Bernier started in net versus the Hurricanes and the Red Wings are expected to continue their continual rotation and start Thomas Greiss today.
Jakub Vrana – Michael Rasmussen – Valtteri Filppula
Filip Zadina – Vladislav Namestnikov
Richard Panik – Joe Veleno – Sam Gagner
Darren Helm – Luke Glendening – Evgeny Svechnikov
Dennis Cholowski – Filip Hronek
Marc Staal – Troy Stecher
Danny DeKeyser – Gustav Lindstrom