The Tampa Bay Lightning head to Detroit after burying the Devils last night in New Jersey. It wasn’t much of a game, as the Lightning jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st and then finished them off with a 5-1 win. Brutal loss on the OVER, with 6 goals on the board for all of the 3 period expect 20 seconds.
Steven Stamkos added a 5th goal 20 seconds into the 3rd frame, but that was how the game would end. The Devils had an uninspiring performance, as they could only manage 1 goal on the Lightning backup goaltender, Louis Domingue. After getting the start last night, the Lightning have a choice to make tonight on a back-to-back in Detroit.
They can put Domingue in net on a back-to-back, but the guy hasn’t been able to get much of a break since Vasilevskiy was injured. The other option is going with AHL lifer Edward Pasquale. Pasquale has been in a professional system since 2010 but has yet to get the nod in net in the NHL.
Since 2010, he’s played for the Chicago Wolves, St John’s IceCaps, Brampton Beast, Grand Rapids Griffins, Bakersfield Condors, and finally the Syracuse Crunch. In other words, if Domingue gets injured the Lightning are going to have to keep their fingers crossed and hope Vasilevskiy can get back in net ASAP.
Tampa could give Domingue another go in net, but after his solid performance last night, it’d likely be in their best interest to give him the night off in Detroit. With that said, the Lightning cannot take the Red Wings lightly. They’ve played much better hockey over the last month, so it’s not going to be a morning skate for the Lightning at Little Caesars Arena. They come to play and they will win, even without a stellar goaltending performance. Take the night off and it could get interesting. Head below for our free Lightning vs. Red Wings pick.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings Pick
The Lightning continued their scoring barrage last night, as they put up 5 goals for the third straight game. They had 5-4 wins over the Sabres and Panthers before the defence helped out to make it a blowout, 5-1, last night in New Jersey. There are just far too many weapons on Tampa for teams to contain. It doesn’t matter too much if one or two superstars have an off night, because the other three are right there to pick up the work.
Lately everyone has been getting in on the fun and it’s resulted in some big numbers offensively. If the Bolts go with Pasquale, they will have a guy making his first ever start. With Syracuse this season, Pasquale has a 2.98 GAA and 0.90 save percentage. The Lightning have just never had a spot for him on the NHL roster with Ben Bishop and then Vasilevskiy as mainstays between the pipes.
Detroit was awful on the offensive end to open the first month of the season, but they’ve since bounced back to put up respectable numbers. They’ve scored 2.9 goals per game in their last ten outings and 2.87 goals at home in Detroit. Not great, but they should be able to make something out of a matchup that will involve a tired Domingue or a goaltender that has been around nearly a decade and just making his debut in the big leagues.
Can the Red Wings slow down the Lightning, though? That’s tough to ask against a team who are almost averaging 4 goals per game this season. In their last ten games, it’s been over ten goals with a 4.4 average per game. Last night left a dirty taste in my mouth, but I think we will get at least one more goal on the board tonight in Detroit.