Monday April 13th, 2015

The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning will matchup in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs beginning Thursday. The Lightning are a No. 2 seed and the Red Wings are a No. 3 seed. 

Tampa Bay finished 50–24–8 with 108 points, second in the Atlantic Division. Detroit finished third in the Atlantic at 43–25–14 with 100 points.

Centers Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson lead the Lightning with 72 points each. Goaltender Ben Bishop ranks 15th in the NHL with a 2.32 goals against average and 22nd with a .916 save percentage.

For the Red Wings, forward Henrik Zetterberg led the team with 66 points while forward Pavel Datsyuk recorded 65 points in 63 games. Goaltender Jimmy Howard ranks 24th with a 2.44 goals against average and 33rd with a .910 save percentage, but rookie Petr Mrazek will start Thursday's Game 1 at Tampa Bay. Detroit coach Mike Babcock made the decision earlier this week. 

Full details for the best-of-seven series are below:

Schedule:

Game 1, at Tampa Bay: Thursday, 4/16, 7:30 p.m. ET

Game 2, at Tampa Bay: Saturday, 4/18, 3 p.m. ET

Game 3, at Detroit: Tuesday, 4/21, 7 p.m. ET

Game 4, at Detroit: Thursday, 4/23, 7 p.m. ET

*Game 5, at Tampa Bay: Saturday, 4/25, TBD

*Game 6, at Detroit: Monday, 4/27, TBD

*Game 7, at Tampa Bay: Wednesday, 4/29, TBD

Live stream: The series can be live streamed here.

TV coverage:

Game 1: CNBC, FS-D, TVA, SN

Game 2: NBC, CBC, TVA

Game 3: NBCSN, FS-D, TVA, SN

Game 4: NBCSN, FS-D, CBC, TVA

Game 5: TBD

Game 6: TBD

Game 7: TBD

Radio: For a list of stations broadcasting the series, click here.

Below is a list of recaps of the game the Red Wings and Lightning played during the regular season:

Nov. 9: Lightning 4, Red Wings 3 (SO)

Jan. 29: Lightning 5, Red Wings 1

March 20: Lightning 3, Red Wings 1

March 28: Red Wings 4, Lightning 0

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