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2015 NHL Playoffs: 4/29 Open Thread

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Game 7 of the Red Wings and Lightning first round showdown.

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GAME 7

Detroit Red Wings at the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 PM. NBCSN.

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Will it be Steven Stamkos and his merry band of former Rangers that advance to face to the Montreal Canadiens in the next round of the 2015 NHL Playoffs? Or will Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg find a way to win Game 7 on the road and end the Bolts' Stanley Cup bid tonight in Tampa Bay? I guess we're about to find out.

The Detroit Red Wings will be without irreplaceable Niklas Kronwall tonight due to his suspension and they also won't have Marek Zidlicky in the lineup... which is going to make a road victory tonight that much more difficult. The Detroit Red Wings are a pretty darn good hockey team, but this is Tampa Bay's game to lose. They are healthier, have more depth, more speed, and should be able to find a way to get past the small army of playoff veterans on the Red Wings' roster.

In the six games that the Bolts have played in the 2015 Playoffs Tyler Johnson has 6 goals and 1 assist. That is absolutely crazy. To put that into perspective, Steven Stamkos has yet to score and has 3 assists in the series against the Red Wings. As hot as Johnson has been, tonight's game will likely be decided by goaltending which has been a major plot line in this series. Petr Mrazek and Ben Bishop are going to go head to head tonight and do everything they can to get their team the win.

So much for drafting Jimmy Howard in fantasy hockey next season, huh?

Enjoy tonight's big game. Have any predictions for the final score? Let's go hockey!