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First Round Matchup: Lightning vs Red Wings

The Tampa Bay Lightning will be facing off against the Detroit Red Wings for the second straight year in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Lightning finished second in the Atlantic, securing their spot against the third-place Red Wings. The Wings barely got into the playoffs, but they did, landing their 25th straight postseason appearance.

The Lightning hold home-ice advantage for the series.

Broadcast schedule:
G1 Wed. April 13, Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. ET CBC
G2 Fri., April 15, Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. ET CBC
G3 Sun., April 17, Tampa Bay at Detroit, 7 p.m. ET CBC
G4 Tues., April 19, Tampa Bay at Detroit, 7 p.m. CBC
G5 *Thurs., April 21, Detroit at Tampa Bay TBD
G6
Sun., April 24, Tampa Bay at Detroit TBD
G7
*Tues., April 26, Detroit at Tampa Bay TBD

ADVANCED STATS:
Tampa Bay: 5on5CF% – 52.2%; 5on5Sv% – .929%; 5on5Sh% – 7.85%; PDO = 100.8
Detroit: 5on5CF% – 51.6%; 5on5Sv% – .926%; 5on5Sh% – 7.06%; PDO = 99.7
(via stats.hockeyanalysis.com)

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • 2nd in the Atlantic Division
  • 5th in the Eastern Conference
    • 46-30-5

The Lightning finished second in the Atlantic, and 5th in the Eastern Conference. Their season has been good, and with the firepower they have, it should be. Although, they are without their captain Steven Stamkos for, what could be the rest of the playoffs. They finished 13th in the league in GPG (goals per game), with 2.74. For GAA (goals against average) they ended up 5th place in the league, letting in 2.38 on average. Tampa’s powerplay this year has been awful, ending up 27th, at 15.9%. Their penalty kill however was top-ten in the league, ending 7th at 84.1%.

Detroit Red Wings

  • 3rd in the Atlantic Division
  • 6th in the Eastern Conference
    • 41-30-11
January 22, 2016: Red Wings players celebrate Detroit Red Wings Winger Dylan Larkin (71) [10815] goal during the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres NHL game at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY (Photo by John Crouch/Icon Sportswire.)
January 22, 2016: Red Wings players celebrate Detroit Red Wings Winger Dylan Larkin (71) [10815] goal during the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres NHL game at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY (Photo by John Crouch/Icon Sportswire.)
The Red Wings finished third in the Atlantic and 6th in the Eastern Conference. Their season hasn’t been bad, but nothing near spectacular. The Red Wings also heard news, that one of their star centers will be retiring from the NHL after the playoffs. Does this give them purpose to win now? They finished 23rd in the league in GPG (goals per game), with 2.56 per. Their GAA (goals against average) has also been quite average, finishing 18th in the league, allowing 2.67 on average. The Red Wings powerplay has been middle of the pack, finishing 15th in the league at 18.7%. Their penalty kill however, a little better. It finished 13th in the league, at 81.2%.

Head-to-head

Tampa Bay: 2-2-0

Detroit: 2-2-0

Leaders:

Tampa Bay:

Goals: Steven Stamkos – 36

Assists: Victor Hedman – 37

Plus/Minus: Victor Hedman – 21

Powerplay Goals: Steven Stamkos – 14

Goalie Wins: Ben Bishop – 35

Goalie Save %: Kristers Gudlevskis – .969

Detroit:

Goals: Dylan Larkin – 23

Assists: Henrik Zetterberg – 36

Plus/Minus: Dylan Larkin – 12

Powerplay Goals: Pavel Datsyuk – 8

Goalie Wins: Petr Mrazek – 27

Goalie Save %: Petr Mrazek – .921

Key Injuries

Tampa Bay:

  • Nikita Kucherov – Undisclosed injury, day-to-day
  • Victor Hedman – Upper-body, day-to-day
  • Ryan Callahan – Lower-body, day-to-day
  • Steven Stamkos – Blood clots, day-to-day
  • Anton Stralman – Fractured fibula, day-to-day
  • Mattias Ohlund – Knee, IR

Detroit:

  • Drew Miller – Knee Surgery, IR
  • Johan Franzen – Concussion-like symptoms, IR

Coleton MacDonald
The Founder of Weliveforhockey.com
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