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Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning: Will the Lightning continue their home winning streak?

Tampa Bay have won their last 17 games against Detroit at Amalie Arena

Detroit Red Wings v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Mike Carlson/NHLI via Getty Images

Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning: GAME 38

Time: 12:00 pm Eastern Time

Location: Amalie Arena

Broadcast/Streaming: NBC

Opponent SBNation Site: Winging it in Motown

Yesterday the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings in their fifth meeting of the season, extending their lead in season series to 4-1. The Lightning’s home winning streak against the Red Wings has reached some really ridiculous numbers as Tampa Bay has now won 17 consecutive home games over Detroit – the longest active home winning streak in the NHL. Another very impressive number is Andrei Vasilevskiy’s record against Detroit – the Russian goaltender has never lost a single game against this opponent in 12 total starts.

Despite the numbers on the scoreboard in yesterday’s game, the Lightning were the better team last night, controlling the game with a big margin. The Lightning started the game with a dominating performance in the opening half of the first period, maintaining a comfortable lead after scoring two early goals. The Red Wings had some very good stretches of the game and managed to cut the Lightning’s lead to one goal, but weren’t able to complete the comeback and eventually feel to Tampa Bay 2-1. The Lightning ended the game with having a lead in both Corsi-For and expected goal share at 5v5.

The Lightning’s fourth line had another great game last night. Ross Colton scored his fourth goal and eleventh point of the season, in the last five games he recorded four points – pretty amazing stats for a rookie. Addressing a potential need to choose between him and Mitchell Stephens, who has been recently sent to Syracuse, Jon Cooper admitted that this is a nice problem to have to choose between two players, both who have played well.

Despite being added to the Lightning’s active roster, Ben Thomas hasn’t made his NHL debut last night as the Lightning chose the more experienced Luke Schenn over him. However with Jan Rutta and Erik Cernak out, he still could see some ice time in the next games. No new information on Cernak has been provided yet, but according to Jon Cooper, Jan Rutta is more in the week-to-week category now.

Given the second game in two days, Curtis McElhinney is expected to start in tonight’s game against Detroit. McElhinney has already played against the Red Wings this season, so far it was the only game which the Lightning lost to Detroit. Calvin Pickard will also likely return to the Red Wings net, the 28-year old goaltender started seeing more ice time lately, while Jonathan Bernier is out with lower-body injury. Pickard has .879 SV% and 2.76 GAA in five games.

Tampa Bay Lightning Lines

Forwards

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson

Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Steven Stamkos

Barclay Goodrow - Yanni Gourde - Blake Coleman

Pat Maroon - Ross Colton - Mathieu Joseph

Defense

Victor Hedman - Cal Foote

Ryan McDonagh - Mikhail Sergachev

Andreas Borgman - Luke Schenn

Goalies

Curtis McElhinney

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Detroit Red Wings Lines

Forwards

Robby Fabbri - Dylan Larkin - Filip Zadina

Givani Smith - Michael Rasmussen - Anthony Mantha

Frans Nielsen - Vladislav Namestnikov - Valtteri Filppula

Darren Helm - Luke Glendening - Adam Erne

Defense

Danny DeKeyser - Filip Hronek

Marc Staal - Troy Stetcher

Patrik Nemeth - Jon Merrill

Goalies

Calvin Pickard

Thomas Greiss