Pregame: Red Wings @ Lightning – Game 5

After dropping a 3-2 overtime decision in which they gave up two late goals to tie the game, the Red Wings are back at it tonight, visiting the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Five of their Atlantic Division Semifinal showdown.

The series sits tied, 2-2, with each team having won and lost at home, but the Lightning have regained home-ice advantage and were the best home team in the league. The Red Wings will have to steal another in Tampa and they’ll face elimination back home on Monday if it’s not tonight.

Detroit will ice the same lineup as they used in both Games Three and Four. Luke Glendening, who missed the end of Game Four with a hand injury, will play. If he is unable to take faceoffs, Joakim Andersson will switch places with Landon Ferraro to center Glendening’s line.

Petr Mrazek gets the start in the Detroit goal against Tampa’s Ben Bishop.

Stupid stat of the day: Every single time the Red Wings have lost Game Four at home in overtime to tie a series, 2-2, they’ve also lost Game Five. They’ve then gone on to win Games Six and Seven to win the series.

Game time is 6:00 PM on FSD.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

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