Red Wings Gameday Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning

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By Max Korczyk

Detroit Red Wings Preview: Well we made it everyone. The season begins tonight. The Red Wings begin the season with some new faces. No Datsyuk, but Tomas Vanek, Frans Nielsen, and Steve Ott join the winged wheel. New assistant coaches join Blashill behind the bench. Will Tatar and Nyquist rebound from a dismal performance last year. Will Larkin handle the center responsibilities  with a breeze or struggle? Will the defense actually play defense in front of the goalies? Will XO and Sproul have any significant impact to aid the blue line ? How long will Niklas Kronwall stay on the IR and how much does his knee have left? So many questions and Game 1 will just bring more and not enough answers.

Petr Mrazek Career Stats against Tampa: 5GP, 1-3 W-L, .876 save% 3.06 GAA

        Tatar           Nielsen         Zetterberg
      Abdelkader           Larkin          Sheahan
      Nyquist            Helm           Vanek
       Ott          Glendening            Miller
              DeKeyser              Marchenko
               Smith               Green
              Ericsson               Ouellet
                                                               Mrazek
                                                                Howard

 

Tampa Bay’s Outlook: Looking at what Tampa did last year without Stamkos in the playoffs was impressive. Yzerman has mastered the art of the GM role. He clearly has become the best GM in the league. Resigned Stamkos and Hedman during the off-season. Now right as the season beckons, he signs Kucherov to bridge deal and a healthy cap it to tap it off. (We know we just loved seeing Kucherov burying us consistently in the playoffs on the power play.) Ben Bishop is their starter for now, but we know is, time is coming to a close in Tampa but he is coming off a very strong year. The NHL seems to think there some rivalry brewing between the two as we have met in the playoffs in back to back years with Tampa as we know ousting us out. They are favorites to win the Cup and honestly right now this team is the strongest in my opinion. Their path to the Cup begins against our Wings.

Ben Bishop Career Stats against Wings: 14 GP, 9-4 W-L, 1.71 GAA, .935 save%

                    Palat            Stamkos                 Drouin
                   Killorn              Johnson                 Kucherov
                 Namesnikov              Flippula                   Point
                   Paquette                Boyle                   Brown
                              Hedman                          Stralman
                               Garrison                              Sustr
                               Coburn                            Nesterov
                                                                       Bishop
                                                                      Vasilevsky

How to watch Game tonight:Networks: SUN, FS-D; Radio: WXVT, We do live-tweet all Red Wings from our Twitter Account.

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Max Korczyk is the host on Winged Octopus Podcast. You can Follow Max on Twitter @SwedishMafia40

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