Detroit looks to extend its unbeaten streak against Tampa Bay at Joe Louis Arena to 11 games as the teams face off Wednesday night.
The Red Wings (14-7-1) are riding a five-game winning streak overall and have won nine of 11 since their skid from Oct. 22-Nov. 3 after beating Nashville 4-1 on Saturday. The victory also marked their sixth consecutive home win, as Valtteri Filppula scored two goals and added an assist.
"As of late, we've been playing pretty well," said Filppula, who has goals in three straight games. "If we keep playing like this, I think we have a good chance to win games."
Detroit has won plenty against Tampa Bay since it joined the NHL as an expansion team in 1992-93. The Red Wings have won 12 of 14 all-time meetings at Joe Louis Arena, with the Lightning winning 4-2 on Jan. 12, 1994, and salvaging a tie March 8, 2004.
Overall, Detroit is 7-0 with one tie in the series since Tampa Bay's 1-0 win on Jan. 7, 2003. The Wings are 24-5 with two ties all-time versus the Lightning, who have mostly struggled in recent weeks.
Tampa Bay (11-10-2) has lost five of eight after a 3-1 loss in Minnesota on Monday. It also marked the ninth loss in 13 road games for the Lightning, who are 27th with a road power-play conversion rate of 11.1 percent.
Steven Stamkos had Tampa Bay's lone goal Monday, giving him four goals and two assists during a four-game point streak. The forward, though, is concerned about the Lightning's effort in gaining the man advantage.
"We're getting on the power play, if we're lucky, twice a game," Stamkos said. "I don't know if that's just a coincidence or if we're not drawing enough penalties, but in order for our power play to be successful you can't have one a game and expect it to score every time."
The Lightning were playing their third game in four days after sweeping a home-and-home with Florida on Friday and Saturday, and have scored two or fewer goals in seven of nine contests.
"We've got to make sure we earn every point," Ryan Malone said. "Some nights you empty the tank, and you still might come up short. That's part of the game. We've got to start seeing those results shortly here, that's for sure."
Tampa's scoring woes may continue if Jimmy Howard is in net for Detroit. Howard has won his last five starts with a 1.78 goals-against average, and his 1.87 overall GAA ranks third in the league.
He's won both of his career starts against the Lightning, a 30-save shutout in a 3-0 win Dec. 17, 2009, and he stopped 38 shots in a 6-2 win in the most recent meeting Feb. 17.
Pavel Datsyuk scored twice in that contest and has six goals and five assists in six lifetime games versus Tampa.
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