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Detroit Red Wings vs Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. — Ten video games into the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning are essentially the most dominating group within the NHL, out to an Eight-1-1 begin with the league’s No. 2 scoring offense and a protection that ranks within the prime 5.
On Thursday, they'll attempt to enhance to 6-Zero-Zero at dwelling for the primary time of their historical past, and achieve this in opposition to a Detroit Purple Wings group on the reverse finish of the spectrum.
Detroit (Four-5-1) is Zero-Four-1 in its previous 5 video games, scoring solely 9 objectives in that span.
“The group’s having some success. That success isn’t coming simple,” mentioned Lightning coach Jon Cooper, sad with Tampa Bay’s third interval Tuesday, letting Carolina get inside a aim earlier than pulling away within the closing three minutes for a 5-1 victory. “We are able to’t take shortcuts … when it begins to creep in, you must nip it.”
Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos are the league’s prime two scorers — Kucherov leads the league with 11 objectives, and Stamkos has essentially the most factors with 20, together with a league-best 17 assists. Kucherov is second with 17 factors.
Each Stamkos and Kucherov have scored at the least one level in all 10 video games, and so they can match Martin St. Louis’ 2009 group file to open a season in the event that they get some extent in opposition to Detroit.
Tampa Bay is averaging Four.1 objectives per recreation and permitting solely 2.Four. The latter determine has improved significantly from the beginning of the season, because the Lightning have allowed solely two objectives whole of their previous three wins.
“We’re clearly proud of the beginning we’ve had, however we’re not glad,” Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman mentioned. “We nonetheless have stuff to enhance on.”
Detroit had allowed 17 objectives in a four-game span earlier than taking a 1-Zero loss at Buffalo on Tuesday. Benoit Pouliot’s aim halfway by way of the second interval handed a defeat to Purple Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, who made 31 saves.
The Purple Wings ought to get a lift from the return of defenseman Danny DeKeyser, who has missed the previous seven video games with harm. He acknowledges that Tampa Bay will current a problem in his first recreation again.
“They’ve received a number of velocity, a number of talent gamers,” DeKeyser mentioned. “If I’m going to be enjoying, I undoubtedly need to be prepared.”
Detroit additionally ought to see the season debut of left winger Andreas Athanasiou, who has been out in a contract dispute that was simply resolved up to now week. The 23-year-old had 18 objectives and 11 assists final season and had threatened to play abroad earlier than figuring out a deal to return to the Purple Wings.
“Now I’m comfortable to be again right here with the fellows,” he mentioned Wednesday. “It’s over with now. It’s up to now. … You’ve received to earn your ice (time). I’m by no means bitter about it.”
Tampa Bay has gained eight straight video games in opposition to Detroit, together with a Three-2 victory final week in Little Caesars Area, the place Kucherov scored two objectives. The golf equipment don't resume their season sequence till January.
 
 
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