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Lightning see discipline as key to Game 2

Tampa Bay took nine penalties against Detroit; Red Wings want to get more physical

by Corey Long / Correspondent


Eastern Conference First Round

TV: 7 p.m. ET; CNBC, FS-D, FS-F, CBC, TVA Sports

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning players say they will need to play with more discipline and stay out of the penalty box if they want to beat the Detroit Red Wings in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena on Friday.

The Lightning have a 1-0 lead in the series after beating the Red Wings 3-2 in Game 1 on Wednesday.

Each team had nine penalties in Game 1. Tampa Bay was 0-for-4 on the power play. Detroit was 0-for-5 with five shots on goal and generated better scoring chances.

Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin was assessed two penalties in Game 1 and said that the Red Wings targeted him at times early in the game.

"They came after me a little," Drouin said. "But you have to expect that in the playoffs because it's a more physical game. I just have to play under control."

The Lightning held a 37-35 edge in hits in Game 1, and Red Wings center Dylan Larkin said that the series likely will become more physical.

"We have to take away their space and the best way to do that is to play physical," Larkin said. "That's the way we're going to be able to slow them down. We need to win a game here and I know this is a tough place to play but we can't win the series without winning a game here."

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said it's not surprising that hard feelings will develop between the teams because of how many times they have played each other during the past two seasons. They have played eight times in the regular season plus a seven-game Eastern Conference First Round series last year prior to Game 1 of this series.

"We played the previous year … and then in the [2015 playoffs] and four times during the season so there's no question some animosity that builds up," Blashill said. "We both want the same thing and it brings out fierce competitiveness."

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said that he expects the Red Wings to be tougher and play more desperate hockey with the hopes of tying the series and shifting the momentum.

"Going up 2-0 means the other team has to beat you four of five games," Cooper said. "You're just increasing your odds on winning and putting a lot of pressure on your opponent to win on home ice. No different than if it's 1-1 and now the pressure is on us to win one there."

Ben Bishop will start in net for the Lightning after his 34-save performance in Game 1. Jimmy Howard will be in goal again for the Red Wings.

Here are the projected lines:


Justin Abdelkader - Pavel Datsyuk - Henrik Zetterberg

Gustav Nyquist - Riley Sheahan - Tomas Tatar

Darren Helm - Brad Richards - Dylan Larkin

Andreas Athanasiou - Luke Glendening - Joakim Andersson

Danny DeKeyser - Jonathan Ericsson

Niklas Kronwall - Alexey Marchenko

Mike Green - Kyle Quincey

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Injured: Drew Miller (knee), Johan Franzen (concussion)

Scratched: Brendan Smith, Tomas Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen


Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat - Valtteri Filppula - Jonathan Drouin

J.T. Brown - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan

Vladislav Namestnikov - Brian Boyle - Mike Blunden

Victor Hedman - Matthew Carle

Jason Garrison - Andrej Sustr

Braydon Coburn - Nikita Nesterov

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Injured: Anton Stralman (fractured left leg), Steven Stamkos (blood clot surgery)

Scratched: Jonathan Marchessault, Matt Taormina, Erik Condra

Status report: The Red Wings made changes to some of their defense pairings, with Green and Quincy put together and Ericsson skating with DeKeyser. ... Callahan returned to the ice and took part in the Lightning's optional morning skate after missing practice Thursday. He said he was uncertain how his practice days would be handled in the future. ... Zetterberg participated in line rushes and is expected to play after there were some questions about the condition of his hand after a slash by Valtteri Filppula in Game 1.

Who's hot: Kucherov had two goals and an assist in Game 1. ...Green scored a goal and had four shots on goal in Game 1.

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