When you think of NHL rivalries, Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings might not be on the forefront, but it’s been proven that these two teams just don’t like each other.
Meeting in the first round of the playoffs two seasons in a row can do that to you.
To some extent, it’s that involuntary passing of the torch that happens in sports; the Bolts want to rise, yet the Red Wings don’t want to give up their spot. Maybe that explains at least some of the tension between these two teams.
Importantly, they also happen to bring plenty of skill and smarts to the table alongside that mutual disdain, so this should be a fun one on NBCSN. Check out that game online or via the NBC Sports App.
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