Red Wings keep the pressure on the Lightning

January 20, 2015 19:29:17 UK

The Detroit Red Wings close out a successful first half of the campaign on Tuesday when they entertain the Minnesota Wild at the Joe Louis Arena.

A late surge, as the league moves towards the All-Star break, has seen the Red Wings move past the Montreal Canadiens into second place in the Atlantic Division a point behind Tampa Bay in the standings.

Henrik Zetterberg scored a hat trick on Sunday as Detroit rallied to defeat the visiting Buffalo Sabres 6-4 after an impressive win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

Meanwhile the Lightning are also back in action when they welcome in the Vancouver Canucks to the Amalie Arena in Tampa.

The Lightning were pushed to a shootout over the weekend before prevailing against the Colorado Avalanche, but will find the Canucks in high confidence after victories over the Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers.

Back in Montreal the Predators are the visitors to the Bell Centre when Nashville and the Canadiens play their final game before taking the week off.

In the Metropolitan Division the New York Islanders added an exclamation point to their first half with a 7-4 pounding of the Flyers at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.

Nikolay Kulemin scored twice and Michael Grabner, Josh Bailey, John Tavares, Nick Leddy and Anders Lee were all on target as New York guaranteed that they would start the second half in first place regardless of what the Pittsburgh Penguins do in their final two games.

The Red Wings are 13.00 to win the Stanley Cup, while the Penguins are 11.50 to be crowned champions.

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