Skip to main content

Red Wings open three-game homestand vs. Lightning

by Mike Battaglino

LIGHTNING (41-24-9) at RED WINGS (34-26-14)


Last 10: Tampa Bay 7-0-3; Detroit 5-4-1

Season series: The Tampa Bay Lightning have defeated the Detroit Red Wings four times, outscoring them 7-2 in the two most recent games.

Big story: Each team traveled after winning Saturday night. Detroit kept pace in the Eastern Conference wild-card race with a 4-2 win at the Toronto Maple Leafs that broke an 80-point tie with them and kept the Red Wings even with the Columbus Blue Jackets, who defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime to get to 82.

Tampa Bay won at the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3 in overtime, to remain two points behind the Montreal Canadiens for second place in the Atlantic Division with a game in hand.

Team Scope:

Lightning: Tampa Bay has at least one point in 11 straight games and has Montreal coming up on Tuesday.

"There are things we know we have to shore up, but we are finding ways to get points right now, and that's the important thing," defenseman Eric Brewer told The Tampa Tribune.

Coach Jon Cooper agreed there are some things to improve.

"We still have to work on our puck management," he said. "That's still a little bit of a flaw for us. We're getting better."

Goaltender Ben Bishop is likely to start again after defeating the Sabres; he is 7-0-3 in his past 10.

Red Wings: Detroit starts a three-game homestand before finishing with four of five on the road. The Red Wings have more road wins (19) than home wins (15).

"This is the playoffs for us, we know what situation we're in," defenseman Jakub Kindl told "We've just got to do the little things. We've got to compete; we can't turn the puck over, just have to play a simple game."

Goalie Jonas Gustavsson will start for the first time since March 7, the third time since Feb. 3. Prior to Saturday, Jimmy Howard had lost three in a row after winning four of five.

"I thought our goaltender was good; he made some huge saves," coach Mike Babcock said. "It's important he gets a game off tomorrow and [Jonas] comes in just to give him a breather."

Who's hot: Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula has 15 points in an 11-game streak. Forward Steven Stamkos has six points in his past four games and 13 in 12 since returning from a broken right tibia March 6. Forward Ryan Callahan and defenseman Radko Gudas each have four points in four games. … Forward Gustav Nyquist scored Saturday to start a new streak after his nine-goal, six-game run was snapped Thursday. Forward Darren Helm had a hat trick for his first three goals since returning from a concussion Feb. 26.

Injury report: The Lightning have no injuries. … Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk (knee) skated with the team Friday, the first time since he last played Feb. 27; he will take part in a full practice Tuesday. Forward Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) and forward Justin Abdelkader (leg laceration) have been skating. Forwards Henrik Zetterberg (back), Justin Abdelkader (leg laceration), Daniel Cleary (knee) and Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder), and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (finger fracture) are out.

View More

The NHL uses cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies. By using NHL websites or other online services, you consent to the practices described in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, including our Cookie Policy.