The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning enjoyed an extra day of rest when the NHL resumed its post-All-Star schedule Tuesday night, but the two Atlantic Division foes, dead even with 58 points apiece, square off at Amalie Arena Wednesday night.
- The Red Wings are 2-6 SU in their last eight versus the Lightning in Tampa Bay.
- Total has gone OVER in eight of the Lightning’s last 10 games versus the Eastern Conference.
- The Lightning are 6-1 SU in their last seven games after a win in their previous game.
The Bolts, presently -160 in moneyline markets at Bovada, have strung together a six-game winning streak on home ice, including a 1-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in their last home contest prior to the break. Tampa was dynamite in January, winning nine of its 11 games in the month.
The Red Wings entered the All-Star Break rather tepid as they won just three of their final seven games. They did, however, defeat the New York Islanders 4-2 in their final contest and for as strong as Tampa has been at home, the Wings have been every bit their equal in their travels winning seven of their last eight games on the road.
The division rivals have already played twice this season with the Wings winning 3-1 on October 13 and 2-1 on November 3 - both games in the Motor City.
According to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Tribune, head coach Jon Cooper has already stated that Ben Bishop will get the start in the crease with the Wings in town. The Lighting’s netminder started both of those aforementioned games and played well, giving up four goals on 52 shots en route to a tough pair of losses.