Detroit Red Wings Travels to Tampa Bay to Face the Lightning
The Detroit Red Wings will travel to Amalie Arena to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday evening in an Atlantic Division matchup. This will be the second of four games against one another, as their only other game was back in mid-October when the Lightning won 7-6 in overtime. Detroit is fifth in the division (23-24-6, 52 points), while Tampa Bay is sitting in second (34-11-6, 74 points).
With key players like goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, center Dylan Larkin, and center Steven Stamkos all on the ice here, it should be an intriguing matchup between a couple of divisional opponents.
These Two Franchises Seem to be on Two Completely Different Levels
Detroit is scoring 2.89 goals on 29.5 shot attempts thus far. A big reason why they struggle is the fact they are 26th in the league with a 16.7 power play percentage this season. Center Dylan Larkin has been playing well as he has recorded 55 points (26 goals, 29 assists) this season, including nine points scored in his previous five games.
Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic has been struggling this season as he is 14-15-5 with 3.14 goals allowed per game with a 90.3 save percentage. The defense as a whole has been terrible as they are giving up 3.59 goals on 32.8 shot attempts this season. Detroit has to improve defending against the power play as they are killing just 76.4 percent of all penalties against them, which is currently 25th in the sport.
Tampa Bay has been averaging 3.43 goals on 30.2 shot attempts this season. Center Steven Stamkos has been playing well as he is tied for 11th in points in the league as he has 59 points (25 goals, 34 assists) with seven points in his last four games. The Lightning are 17th in the NHL with a 20.1 power play percentage, so they need to step up there.
Andrei Vasilevskiy is playing incredibly well as he is 28-8-4 with 2.28 goals allowed and a 92.1 save percentage thus far. The Lightning are giving up 2.75 goals on 29.3 shot attempts per game this season. Tampa Bay is an average team killing the penalty as they are tied for 16th with a 79.5 penalty kill percentage thus far.
Tampa Bay Lightning take the W against the Detroit Red Wings
There is a clear difference between these two franchises as of late on the defensive side as the Red Wings are allowing six goals in their previous four games while the Lightning are giving up 2.8 goals in their last five games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy has been dominant inside of the net and should shut down a weaker Detroit franchise. Detroit is 22-31 ATS so far this year, while Tampa Bay is 24-27 ATS this season, so there is no clear advantage there.
All in all, go with the Tampa Bay Lightning to cover the puck line at home.
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