CONNECT!
  • PODCAST
  • ITUNES

SIGN UP FOR
OUR NEWS LETTER

MAKE A DONATION

DONATE

Bolts Take on the Wings For the First Time This Season

Kevin Flannery

By Jake Ricker

Overview

The Tampa Bay Lightning (29-9-3) will take on the Detroit Redwings (17-16-7) tonight. The Bolts will look to get back in the win column after a few rough games and get back on track, while the Wings will look to try and continue their success from their last 4 games. Let’s take a look at their game plans as they get set to square to face off

Tampa’s Outlook and Past

The Bolts have struggled these past few games and need to turn things around if they want to stay on top of the league. The Bolts have won 2 of their last 5 games and have scored 14 goals over that span. They are third in the league in power play percentage and will again look to feed on that tonight, as they go up against the Wings who are 14th in penalty kill percentage (81.3%). They can maintain their lead at the top of the NHL with another win tonight. After tonight, the Bolts will head home next to start a three-game homestand.

Three Keys To The Game

Kevin Flannery

1. BETTER D

Turnovers & poor coverage led to 6 goals against a 26th ranked offense. Fix it!

2. Passing Up Chances

93 shot attempts sound great but passing up and over passing on grade A opportunities isn’t gonna win you games.

3. Leadership

Coop said there was some entitlement happening within the team. Time for the leaders to step up and right the ship before 2 losses become more.

Projected Lines

Offense 

Namestnikov – Stamkos – Kucherov

Palat – Point – Johnson

Killorn – Gourde – Conacher

Kunitz – Paquette – Callahan

 

Defense

Hedman – Dotchin

Stralman – Sergachev

Coburn – Girardi

 

Goalies

Louis Domingue:  0-6-0   GAA: 4.33   SV%: .858 (Likely)

 

Wing’s Outlook and Past

The Wings continue have been really hot over their last few games and will look to continue that tonight. The Wings have scored two or more goals in their last 4 games and will look to continue that tonight as they take on a Bolts team that gave up 6 goals to the Sens. They can get within one point of three teams in the standings with a win tonight. This will be the end of the Wings homestand and they will head out on a short 2 game road trip next.

Three Keys To The Game

1. Expose The Defense

The Sens were able to get the Bolts to scramble in their defensive zone, look for the Wings to try and duplicate that tonight.

2. Domingue’s Jitters

Tonight will more than likely be the first start for Domingue in a Bolts uniform.The Wings will want to try and use that to their advantage as he may not be ready for this teams style of play.

3. Don’t Slow Down

The Bolts will be in the second part of a back to back so look for the Wings to keep their foot on the gas to try and catch them sleeping.

Projected Lines

Offense 

Nyquist – Zetterberg – Bertuzzi

Tatar – Larkin – Athanasiou

Helm – Nielsen – Abdelkader

Frk – Ouellet – Mantha

 

Defense

DeKeyser – Green

Ericsson – Daley

Kronwall – Jensen

 

Goalies

Petr Mrázek:  3-4-1  GAA: 3.64   SV%: .892 (Confirmed)

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT LINES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BEFORE GAME TIME AND MAY NOT BE AS SHOWN.

PICK A TEAM

chigago blackhawks

Chi-Town Hawks

anaheim ducks

Ducks N Pucks

boston bruins

Bruin Strong

carolina hurricanes

Carolina Caniacs

colorado avalanche

Denver Avs

arizona coyotes

Coyotes Howl

Buffalo sabres

Sabres Den

columbus blue jackets

Blue Jacket Army

dallas stars

Shootout Stars

calgary flames

Fierce Flames

detroit red wings

Red Wings Town

new york islanders

Long island Pucks

minnesota wild

Rink Wild

edmonton oilers

Ice Oilers

florida panthers

Roaring Panthers

new york rangers

Fighting Rangers

nashville predators

Preds N Pucks

los angeles kings

LA Royalty

montreal canadiens

Hockey Habs

new jersey devils

Puck Devils

st.louis blues

Break Away Blues

san jose sharks

Bay Sharks

ottawa senators

Slap Shot Sens

philadelphia flyers

Furious Flyers

winnipeg jets

High Flying Jets

vancouver canucks

Canucks N Pucks

tampa bay lightning

Bay Bolts

pittsburgh

Pens N Pucks

toronto maple Leafs

Just Leafs

washington capitals

Capital Pucks