The Wings will play the Lightning Wednesday at Amalie Arena in Game 7 of the first-round series. The Wings will play without Kronwall this time.
The Red Wings won Game 1 in Tampa, Game 3 in Detroit and Game 5 in Tampa. The favored Lightning forced Game 7 by winning 5-2 in Game 6 in Detroit. In 2013, Detroit defeated the Anaheim Ducks in the final game. Tampa Bay dropped Games 1 and 5 on their home ice and faced a 3-2 deficit before overpowering Detroit 5-2 in Game 6 to force the final matchup of the series.
The Wings have two reserve defensemen available in Jakub Kindl and rookie Alexey Marchenko.
Kucherov went on to finish the game, and afterwards dismissed the incident as part of hockey, saying, “I’m not going to cry about it.” His coach echoed that assessment on Tuesday. “I’m not here to judge,” Jon Cooper said. “Kronwall is a really good player, he hits hard. That’s it. Kuch is going to be fine, that’s all that really matters. We’re good with whatever happens.”
No. 3 Detroit Red Wings vs. No. 2 Tampa Bay Lightning
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa
When: 7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network