For the first time since he turned pro in 1983, Steve Yzerman will be hoping the Detroit Red Wings lose.
Yzerman spent his entire NHL playing career with the Wings, then traded his sweater and skates for a suit and tie when he joined their front office in 2006. That all changed last May, when he left the only team he'd ever been affiliated with to become the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, a team that hadn't made the playoffs since 2007.
With Yzerman in charge, the Lightning are in first place in the Southeast Division as they welcome the Wings to the St. Pete Times Forum for a 7:30 p.m. ET faceoff, one of seven game on Thursday's NHL schedule.
The Wings have had three days off since completing a weekend sweep of Boston with a 4-2 win on Sunday. The Bolts fell to 5-2-1 on their 12-game homestand when they lost 4-3 in a shootout to Philadelphia on Tuesday.