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Lightning Blog: Raw Charge
Almost exactly a year ago, 363 days to be exact, we were sitting in a very similar position. The Red Wings stole Game 1 on the road and were up 1-0 in a series in which they were the unquestionable underdog. Detroit headed into a 3p ET afternoon Game 2 with a chance to take a commanding series lead back home to Hockeytown.
The good news, however, is that those two cannot do the same today. Smith will be in the Cleary Cabana and Howard will be charting face-offs. Today will be a very different day with a different outcome hopefully. Getting outshot 46-14 can't happen again. The Red Wings stole Game 1. They're not going to be able to replicate that again against a team as good as the Lightning. We all love Petr Mrazek, but I don't think he can win this series all by himself. Someone other than Pavel Datsyuk is going to have to step up and have a game to remember. It'd be real nice to see the Kid Line finally show up in a playoff game. You got your feet wet last season... it's time to dive in.
For more on Game 2 expectations, check out Graham's beautifully written masterpiece from yesterday.
The Expected Lineup
|Henrik Zetterberg||Pavel Datsyuk||Darren Helm|
|Gustav Nyquist||Riley Sheahan||Tomas Tatar|
|Stephen Weiss||Joakim Andersson||Tomas Jurco|
|Drew Miller||Luke Glendening||Landon Ferraro|
|Niklas Kronwall||Jonathan Ericsson|
|Danny DeKeyser||Alexey Marchenko|
|Kyle Quincey||Marek Zidlicky|
|Petr Mrazek (starting)|
Scratches: Daniel Cleary, Teemu Pulkkinen & Jakub Kindl
Injuries: Eric Cole (spine), Justin Abdelkader (hand), Brendan Smith (dumbass) & Johan Franzen (concussion)
|Alex Killorn||Steven Stamkos||Ryan Callahan|
|Ondrej Palat||Tyler Johnson||Nikita Kucherov|
|Vladislav Namestnikov||Valtteri Filppula||Cedric Paquette|
|Brendan Morrow||Brian Boyle||J.T. Brown|
|Victor Hedman||Andrej Sustr|
|Nikita Nesterov||Anton Stralman|
|Matt Carle||Braydon Coburn|
|Ben Bishop (starting)|
Bullets of Knowledge
- The Red Wings are 13-6 all-time in Game 2's under Mike Babcock. They're 9-4 after winning Game 1.
- Tampa is 7-6 all-time in Game 2's. They're 5-3 after losing Game 1 and 0-1 under Jon Cooper.