Mrazek surrendered four goals on 27 shots in the Red Wings 5-2 loss to the Lightning in Game 6. Detroit’s defence did not play well in front of Mrazek and if it weren’t for him the game would have been out of hand early. Tonight he will look to push the Red Wings into the second round, but he will be missing Niklas Kronwall (suspended) and Marek Zidlicky (concussion) in front of him.
Kindl will be in the lineup for Game 7 vs. the Lightning.
Tonight will be Kindl’s first playoff game of the season. He has five points (1G / 4A) in 18 career NHL play off games. After serving as a healthy scratch in the first six games of the series, he will get in tonight because Marek Zidlicky is out with a concussion.
Marchenko will be in the lineup for Game 7 in Tampa Bay.
Marchenko, 23, failed to register a point in the first two games of the series. He sat the last four games, but with Niklas Kronwall suspended, Marcheko will get back into the lineup tonight. Overall he has two points (1G / 1A) in 15 games with the Red Wings this season.
Zidlicky suffered a concussion in Game 6 and will miss his first game of the season tonight in Game 7. He leads the league in games played this season with 90, having played 84 regular season games and six playoff games. With Zidlicky out, Jakub Kindl will get back into the lineup.
Kronwall has been suspended for Game 7 on Wednesday.
Kronwall has been suspended for what the NHL’s department of Player Safety deemed as a “charge” for his hit on Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov. Kronwall has no previous history of fine or suspension, so he has only been given one game and will be back for Game 1 in Montreal, should the Red Wings get by the Lightning tonight.
Mrazek stopped all 28 shots that he faced to earn his second shutout of the series in the Red Wings 4-0 win in Game 5. Mrazek has posted the fourth best GAA (1.91) and fifth ranked SV% (.937) in the playoffs. Mrazek will look to finish the Lightning off at home—he has a 1.48 GAA and .941 SV% in two starts at Joe Louis Arena.
Mrazek had another shutout going late in Game 4, but the Lightning pushed two passed him in the final six minutes and another in Overtime. He has a 2.43 GAA and .922 SV% in the first four games of the series and will need to turn in another huge performance tonight.
Mrazek stopped all 22 shots that he faced in the Red Wings 3-0 shutout win over the Lightning in Game 3. Mrazek struggled in Game 2, but bounced back with his first career playoff shutout. He will look to put together another great outing and give the Red Wings a 3-1 series lead heading back to Tampa Bay.
Mrazek was yanked after allowing four goals on 18 shots in two periods in the Red Wings 5-1 loss in Game 2. The series now shifts back to Detroit where Mrazek was 5-4-2 with a 2.15 GAA and .922 SV% this season. The Red Wings have struggled in front of Mrazek so far and will need to improve on home ice on Tuesday.
Abdelkader (hand) will be back in the Red Wings lineup in Game 3.
After missing the first two games of the series, Abdelkader confirmed on Monday that he will return to the lineup in Game 3. With Abdelkader back in, Stephen Weiss will come out. Abdelkader was arguably the Red Wings best player in the final month of the season and his hard-nosed style of play should be huge for them on Tuesday.
Smith is expected to get into the lineup in Game 3.
Smith served as a healthy scratch for the season finale and the first two games of the regular season, but he will be back in the lineup for Game 3 in Detroit. Smith had 13 points (4G / 9A) in 76 games this season.
Abdelkader (hand) is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday.
Abdelkader missed the final four games of the regular season and the first two games of the series, but it looks like he will be back in the lineup for Game 3 in Detroit. Monitor his status leading into tomorrow's game.
Mrazek was outstanding in his playoff debut. The Lightning dominated the Red Wings, but Mrazek was able to steal game 1 by stopping 44 of 46 shots. The Red Wings will look to have a better effort in game 2, but it would be hard for Mrazek to top his first NHL postseason start.
Smith was a healthy scratch in the season finale after taking a delay of game penalty from the bench in the Red Wings OT loss to the Canadiends on March 9th. It looks like he is still in Mike Babcock’s doghouse, so he will sit in Game 1 while Alexey Marchenko makes his playoff’s debut.