The Detroit Red Wings (31-32-12), on the other hand, are preparing for a summer of rebuilding. For the first time in 25 years, the Wings will not punch a ticket to the playoffs. Sitting second last in the Eastern Conference with only one player having scored more than 20 goals this season, the Wings will look to next season to start anew.
NHL Odds: Lightning on a Run, while Detroit Limps to the FinishThe last time the Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs, Vanilla Ice reigned supreme and Sydney Crosby was learning his ABCs. That streak will come to an end this spring, as the rebuilding Wings (31-32-12) sit 10 points out of a playoff spot with only seven games to play.
The Tampa Bay Lightning (37-29-9) have been doing everything possible to make a fourth straight appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Without star centre Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov (38 goals, 40 assists) and Victor Hedman (15 goals, 47 assists) have stepped up and will look to continue their strong play against the Wings. Game time is 7:30 PM ET on FS-D.