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The Detroit Lions are not the only team with an important game against a team from Tampa today

When you are done watching the Detroit Lions play the Buccaneers today in the NFL playoffs, don’t forget that the Detroit Red Wings have a critical home match-up against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 7 p.m. start. It was originally scheduled for 5 p.m. but the Red Wings moved the game to give Detroit fans a chance to see both games.

If you are going to the Red Wings’ game, it would be best to arrive while the Lions are still playing. Once Ford Field starts to empty, it could be chaotic around the stadium area.

The Red Wings game is important because the Lightning are two points ahead of Detroit for third place in the Atlantic Division.

The Red Wings have improved their offense this season. They are fourth in scoring average (3.51 goals per game). But Bob Duff points out that it’s been the team’s improved defensive play that has sparked their recent surge.

Red Wings In Case You Missed

  • Marco Kasper had a five-point weekend for the Grand Rapids Griffins against the Manitoba Moose.
  • Detroit forward prospect Noah Dower Nilsson injured again in Sweden.
  • Red Wings couldn’t figure out how to create offense in loss to Carolina Hurricanes.

Red Wings Next Game

The Lightning, the Red Wings’ opponent tonight, have won five games in a row. They have outscored their opponents 22-10. Their winning streak includes a 3-1 win at Buffalo last night.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: The Boston Bruins are partying like it is 1988. Jimmy Murphy has the story.

Florida: Alan Greenberg writes about how much the Florida Panthers are missing Sasha Barkov.

New York: Andrew Fantucchio writes that the New York Islanders need a spark and Patrick Fire is a coach that will bring fire. GM Lou Lamoriello picked Roy to replace Lane Lambert.

Vegas: Former University of Michigan standout Brandon Brisson‘s first NHL goal capped the Vegas Golden Knights’ win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.