Having stolen away home ice advantage in the series with a 3-2 win in Game One on Thursday, the Red Wings have a chance to take control with a Game Two win over the Lightning.
They'll need to do better than their 14-shot performance in the opening game, where 44 saves by Petr Mrazek kept the Red Wings alive..
The Red Wings open up their their first-round matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight and neither team will be entirely healthy.
Detroit is missing forward Justin Abdelkader, still nursing a sore hand, while Tampa Bay defenseman Jason Garrison is out.
The Red Wings begin their final road trip of the regular season tonight as they visit the Montreal Canadiens.
Detroit can clinch a playoff spot with a win, whether in regulation or overtime. Montreal, meanwhile, can claim the Atlantic Division with a win over the Red Wings combined with a loss by the Tampa Bay Lightning or a point against the Red Wings while the Lightning lose in regulation.
The Red Wings close out their regular season home schedule tonight as they host the Carolina Hurricanes.
Detroit can clinch a playoff spot with a win over Carolina combined with the Pittsburgh Penguins beating the Ottawa Senators in regulation.
One day after an eight-round shootout win over the Minnesota Wild, the Red Wings are back at it, hosting the Washington Capitals.
The Red Wings sit in a three-way tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins in the NHL standings, all at 95 points. The Capitals are just two ahead at 97..
I've done this before from time to time, but I'm formally announcing that I'll be taking a bit of a hiatus from DetroitHockey.Net.
I used to do this once a season or so, around this time of year, for about a week. It's a long season, I get burned out.
This time I have no end date in mind.
Coming off a 5-4 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday the Red Wings host the Montreal Canadiens tonight. The game is Detroit's second and final home game of the month of February.
Jimmy Howard will get the start for Detroit, his second since returning from injury.
It's the Red Wings' final game before the All-Star break and they're hosting the Minnesota Wild.
Barring injuries, it'll be a true break for the Red Wings, as with Jimmy Howard hurt, they currently have no players slated to head to Columbus for the All-Star activities..
Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk scored with less than three seconds remaining in overtime on Thursday, lifting the Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.
Datsyuk's shot from the right faceoff circle deflected off defenseman Barrett Jackman, then snuck under the blocker of goalie Brian Elliott with just 2.2 seconds left in the overtime period.
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