Though badly outplayed and outshot, the Detroit Red Wings earned a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night, taking a 1-0 lead in their Atlantic Division Semifinal series.
Detroit rookie goalie Petr Mrazek made 44 saves on 46 shots to deliver the Red Wings the victory.
The National Hockey League released its schedule for the 2015 Division Semifinals early Sunday morning, revealing that the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning will open their playoff matchup on Thursday, April 16.
As the Atlantic Division's second seed, the Lightning will host the third-seeded Red Wings to open the series..
The Detroit Red Wings closed out their regular season schedule with a 2-0 shutout of the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night, earning the Atlantic Division's third seed for the coming playoffs.
Goalie Petr Mrazek stopped at 35 shots he faced in leading the Red Wings to victory..
The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night but the standings point gained in the loss was enough to clinch a playoff spot.
Minutes after the Canadiens finished off the Red Wings, the Florida Panthers completed a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins, ensuring that the Bruins would be unable to pass Detroit in the standings and putting the Red Wings in the postseason for the 24th consecutive campaign..
Detroit Red Wings forward Erik Cole will miss the remainder of the regular season and any possible playoff games.
Cole announced that doctors had recommended he shut down for several months at the conclusion of the Red Wings' optional practice on Wednesday.
Two third-period goals lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
With their playoff lives in the balance, the Detroit Red Wings dropped a 2-1 decision to the Washington Capitals on Sunday evening at Joe Louis Arena.
Detroit entered the day in a three-way tie with the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins - all with 95 points in the standings - but holding a game in hand..
Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped six shooters in an eight-round shootout on Saturday night, leading the Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.
It was just Howard's second shootout win of the season.
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