The Detroit Red Wings are in prime position to take a crucial Game 3 in their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. After scoring one goal per period in Game 1 en route to a victory, the Red Wings were dropped, 5-1, in Game 2, but have tilted the home-ice advantage in their favor nonetheless.
The Red Wings head to Joe Louis Arena for the first time in the series for Games 3 and 4. According to TiqIQ.com, tickets to Red Wings home games have an average price of $120.05 with a get-in price of $57, and $147.21 with a get-in price of $50, respectively. Their final home game, Game 6, has an average ticket price of $155.54 with a get-in price of $49.
When the Red Wings hit the road again, Game 5 has an average ticket price of $155.24 and a get-in price of $64, while Game 7 is the most expensive remaining ticket of the series, with an average price of $287.86 with a $69 get-in price at Amalie Arena.
Having already shifted the home ice advantage, the Red Wings have a chance to close out the series on the road. Flights to Tampa can be booked through Hipmunk.com for Red Wings traveling fans, along with hotels in Tampa starting from $54.
Veteran goal scorer Pavel Datsyuk scored two in the series opener, but the entire offense was shut down in Game 2, only scoring one goal. After a three-goal second period by the Lightning, it was time to shift the focus for Game 3 of the series. Tyler Johnson scored two for the Lightning and Ben Bishop rejected just about everything that came his way. Bishop won a career-best 40 games during the regular season and has been a very steady force for Tampa Bay.
Red Wings’ goaltender Petr Mrazek was pulled in Game 2 but will be given the chance at redemption in Game 3. Mrazek had a phenomenal series opener, which coincidentally was his playoff debut, saving 44 shots.
Detroit has to feel good about their current position, as the Lightning were the best team in the NHL at home, going 32-8-1. As a result, nabbing Game 2 on Tampa ice could prove to be the difference.