Lightning vs. Red Wings
Lightning Leading Regular Season Scorer: Center Steven Stamkos (right), 72 points (43 goals, 29 assists).
Red Wings Leading Regular Season Scorer: Left winger Henrik Zetterberg, 66 points (17 goals, 49 assists).
Lightning Expected Starting Goaltender: Ben Bishop (right), 40-13-5, 2.32 GAA, .916 SV%
Red Wings Expected Starting Goaltender: Petr Mrazek, 16-9-2, 2.38 GAA, .918 SV%.
Lightning Injuries: Defensemen Braydon Coburn (leg), Andrej Sustr ("upper body"), left winger Jonathan Drouin (illness), center Alex Killorn (undisclosed) are probable. Defenseman Jason Garrison ("upper body") is out. Defenseman Mattias Ohlund (knee) is on injured reserve.
Red Wings Injuries: Center Darren Helm (illness) is probable. Left winger Justin Abdelkader (hand) is questionable. Left winger Erik Cole (spinal cord contusion) and goaltender Jonas Gustavsson (concussion-like symptoms) are out. Right winger Johan Franzen ("upper body") is on injured reserve.
Lightning with Stanley Cup bling: Center Valtteri Filppula.
Red Wings with Stanley Cup bling: Right wingers Daniel Cleary, Franzen, Drew Miller, Zetterberg, centers Pavel Datsyuk, Helm, defenseman Niklas Kronwall (below) and Cole.
Something worthwhile about the Lightning: The Lightning led the NHL this past regular season with 3.16 goals per game.
Something worthwhile about the Red Wings: No Eastern Conference team had more wins this past regular season after trailing following two periods than the Red Wings (11).
Something useless about the Lightning that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins left winger Ruslan Fedotenko holds the Lightning's record for most power-play goals in a single postseason series. He had four against the Flyers in the 2004 Eastern Conference final.
Something useless about the Red Wings that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins right winger Andy Bathgate holds the Red Wings' record for most power play goals in one series. He had four in a 1966 semifinal series against the Black Hawks.
Former Penguins on the Lightning: Left winger Brenden Morrow and professional scout Jamie Pushor.
Former Penguins on the Red Wings: Assistant coach Tony Granato, director of amateur scouting.
Who needs to be the difference for the Lightning: Center Tyler Johnson, left winger Nikita Kucherov and right winger Ondrej Palat. Tampa Bay's "Triplet's Line" has been Tampa Bay's most consistent unit in five-on-five play this season. They'll be counted on to drive the offense in the playoffs.
Who needs to be the difference for the Red Wings: Mrazek. The Red Wings' goaltending was inconsistent towards the latter stages of the regular season. Mrazek or regular starter Jimmy Howard must improve for the Red Wings to have a chance.
Best Lightning YouTube Video We Could Find: Lightning right winger Alexander Selivanov's overtime goal in Game 3 of a 1996 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Flyers:
Best Red Wings YouTube Video We Could Find: Franzen's overtime goal in Game 5 of 2008 Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Predators:
EN Prediction: One team scores a bunch of goals while the other is having issues at the most important position on the ice. The Red Wings are running into the Lightning at the wrong time of year. Lightning 4-2.
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