National Hockey League action within the Atlantic Division and we will see the Tampa Bay Lightning grapple with the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Bolts are off a 6-2 road win over the Maple Leafs, while the Red Wings are off a 3-1 road loss to the Canadiens.
Bolts Flex Their Muscles Against The Leafs
The Tampa Bay Lightning have been the best team in the league all year and it hasn’t been that close. There are a couple of teams in the East that have hopes of knocking them off, as the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Bolts faced them in their last game. Tampa Bay showed the Leafs that they have a long way to go if they hope to take them down, should the teams meeting in the postseason, as the Bolts flexed their muscles with a 6-2 road win. Tampa Bayuy has the most points in the league, which is 16 more than the Sharks, who are 2nd in the league with 94 points. Scoring in the win over the Leafs was Tyler Johnson, who scored twice and now has 24 on the year, Anthony Cirelli, which was his 14th, Ondrej Palat, which was his 8th and Cedric Paquette, who scored twice and now has 12 on the year.
Grabbing the win against the Leafs was Andrei Vasilevskiy, who stopped 26 of the 28 shots that he faced to improve to 32-12 with a 2.23 GAA on the year 12-5 with a 2.33 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 7-0 with a 1.61 GAA against the Red Wings. Tampa Bay has gone 24-9 on the road and they have averaged 3.61 gpg and have allowed 2.85 gpg in those games. Tampa Bay enters this game ranked 1st in the league in power play conversions at 28.5% and 1st in penalty kill at 85.6%.
Red Wings Fall To Habs On The Road
The miserable season continues for the Detroit Red Wings, who are 52 points out of first in the Atlantic Division and 23 points out of the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Detroit will now be missing the postseason for the 3rd year in a row after making it to the NHL’s 2nd season in each of their previous 25 years. Detroit enters this game off a 3-1 loss to the Canadiens on the road and they have now lost their last three games in a row and 11 of their last 12. Scoring their lone goal in the loss to the Habs was Andreas Athanasiou, which was his 24th goal of the year.
Absorbing the loss to the Habs was Jonathan Bernier, who allowed two goals on 35 shot attempts to fall to 6-22 with a 3.33 GAA on the year. Getting the nod in this one will be Jimmy Howard and he has gone 18-24 with a 3.02 GAA on the year, including 12-15 with a 2.84 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 5-10 with a 2.56 GAA against the Lightning. Detroit has gone 13-22 here at home for the year and they have averaged 2.71 gpg and have allowed 3.14 gpg in those games. The Red Wings check in ranked 23rd in power play conversions at 16.8% and 27th in penalty kill at 77.8%.
- 22-57 in their last 79 games as an underdog
- 14-37 in their last 51 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game
Tampa Bay is:
- 43-10 in their last 53 vs. the Eastern Conference
- 42-13 in their last 55 games as a favorite of -201 or greater