Thursday, February 17, 2011
Detroit at Tampa Bay
Steve Yzerman will welcome the Red Wings into his house for the first time since being named GM of the Lightning. Two first place teams will collide in Tampa as both can use the game as a measuring stick for how they match up against the other Conference's top teams.
The Red Wings once again prove that they are one of the best run franchises in all of sports. They haven't missed the playoffs since the 89-90 season. An incredible streak. They come off back to back wins against the Bruins, one of the East's other division leaders.
After a couple of seasons of missing the playoffs, the Lightning are 2nd in the Eastern Conference and feel confident that they can make a run. The acquisition of Dwayne Roloson has paid off. Roli has 4 shutouts already for the Bolts. Steven Stamkos is starting to make a case that he should be considered as the leagues best sniper, already with 40 goals this season.
Should be a good one in Tampa but the Wings 7-3-1 record vs. the Eastern Conference and greater depth in the West, leads us to believe that the Wings are the better team and they will show it.
Pick: Detroit -110