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Red Wings vs. Lightning game thread, start time, TV schedule and lineups

It's the final battle for the right to face Montreal in round two of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Well, this is it folks, winner take all. Whoever wins this game will be travelling to Montreal for a game on Friday night against the Canadiens. Given the respective season series results, most Habs fans will be pulling for Detroit in this one, but one would be very safe to bet that the players themselves will be watching both sides closely in this one. Either team will be a tough match and the Tricolore had best be prepared.

Detroit will be without Niklas Kronwall in this game, as he is serving a suspension for his hit on Nikita Kucherov in game six. They are also down Marek Zidlicky due to injury. This quite obviously weakens the blue line for the Wings, and they'll have to make due with Jakub Kindl and Alexey Marchenko as their replacements. Tampa, meanwhile, is healthy and looking to complete their comeback in this series.

Regardless of who you may be rooting for in terms of matching up against the Habs, this should be a great game to watch. After all, it is the playoffs, it is game seven, and we all know how thrilling those can be. At least if your favourite team is not involved, you can just sit back and enjoy the insanity, of which it is probable there will be a lot.

The puck drops at 7:30 PM EST.

In Canada (English): CBC
In Canada (French):  TVA2
In the United States: CNBC
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter Live

Detroit Red Wings Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Justin Abdelkader Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist
Darren Helm Pavel Datsyuk Tomas Tatar
Joakim Andersson Riley Sheahan Tomas Jurco
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Landon Ferraro
Left Defense
Right Defense
Jakub Kindl Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Kyle Quincey
Brendan Smith Alexey Marchenko
Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Suspended: Niklas Kronwall
Marek Zidlicky (undisclosed)

Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Alex Killorn Steven Stamkos Ryan Callahan
Ondrej Palat Tyler Johnson Nikita Kucherov
Vlad Namestikov Valtteri Filppula Cedric Paquette
Brendan Morrow Brian Boyle J.T. Brown
Left Defense
Right Defense
Victor Hedman Anton Stralman
Jason Garrison Andrej Sustr
Matt Carle Braydon Coburn
Ben Bishop
Andrei Vasilevskiy

Whoever wins, let's just hope the boys in Bleu Blanc et Rouge are ready for them come Friday night.