The bad news for the Detroit Red Wings is they’ve been pretty badly outplayed by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The good news is they’re back home for tonight’s Game 3, armed with a split in their first-round series with the favored Bolts.
“Anytime you start a series on the road, your goal is to try to get one,” forward Justin Abdelkader said, per NHL.com. “We did a good job of that. We didn’t play the way we wanted to play. At the same time, coming back home we can come out and get that first 10 minutes and start like they had in their building and get our crowd going and into it.”
The Wings were outshot by a combined margin of 76-38 in Games 1 and 2. Possession-wise, there hasn’t been a more uneven first-round series, with the Lightning having taken 56.2 percent of all shot attempts.
Abdelkader, by the way, will make his series debut tonight.