Lightning-Red Wings Preview

The Tampa Bay Lightning are looking to beat the Detroit Red

Wings for the second time this week.

A meeting on the road, however, may not be ideal.

The Lightning will try to avoid their longest road losing streak

in five years by capitalizing on another meeting with the slumping

Red Wings on Sunday.

Martin St. Louis’ goal in the sixth round of the shootout gave

Tampa Bay (18-11-3) a 2-1 win over Detroit on Thursday.

The Lightning, however, failed to carry that momentum onto the

road Saturday, falling 3-0 at New Jersey despite 33-19 advantage in

shots.

“We were surging and had chances, but they got the second goal

(in the third period), that made it tough,” St. Louis said.

That was the seventh straight road loss for Tampa Bay since

beating Montreal 2-1 in a shootout Nov. 12. The Lightning have been

shut out in three of the past four away from home while allowing 26

goals during the seven-game skid in opposing arenas.

They haven’t dropped eight in a row on the road since Nov.

10-Dec. 10, 2008.

Ben Bishop may be back in net looking to help Tampa Bay avoid

matching that dubious streak. He was rested Saturday in favor of

backup Anders Lindback, who made 16 saves.

Bishop stopped 28 shots against the Red Wings on Thursday, and

turned aside all six shootout attempts. He’s 16-5-2 with a 2.05

goals-against average this season, but also has struggled on the

road lately.

Bishop is 0-2-2 with a 3.33 GAA in his last five away contests

after winning three straight behind a 0.95 GAA. That includes a

25-save performance before Teddy Purcell scored with 1:09 left in

overtime of a 3-2 win at Detroit on Nov. 9, ending the Lightning’s

six-game slide there.

Richard Panik had an assist on Purcell’s goal. The right wing is

expected to return from a two-game suspension for a hit on

Washington’s Karl Alzner in Tuesday’s 6-5 shootout loss.

While the Lightning are trying to end their road losing streak,

the Red Wings (15-10-9) are seeking to halt their four-game overall

slide.

They’ve scored only five goals in that stretch with the power

play going 1 for 16 after producing seven goals during a 6-2-0

stretch.

Detroit’s issues stretched into the defensive end Saturday in a

4-1 loss to Pittsburgh, its third straight home defeat.

“When you let four goals in it’s tough to win,” said Jonas

Gustavsson, who had 21 saves. “I got to be better.”

Gustavsson will likely get another opportunity since starter

Jimmy Howard is out for at least two weeks with a sprained knee.

He’s 3-0-4 with a 2.36 GAA in seven career meetings with the

Lightning, making 26 stops and turning aside five shootout attempts

before being beaten by St. Louis on Thursday.

Pavel Datsyuk, the Wings’ leader with 13 goals, has been held

without a point in both season meetings with Tampa Bay. He had

seven goals and six assists over his first seven matchups,

including six points in four at home.