The Tampa Bay Lightning bid for a three-pack of the Stanley Cup trophies got off to a bumpy start when the defending champions lost 6-2 at home to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. Now the Lightning can get their 2021 NHL season on track if they can recover against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday.
The game (7:30 p.m. ET start time) will broadcast on Bally Sports Sun for those living in the Lightning Market and on Bally Sports Detroit for those living in the Red Wings Market. It is also streamed live on ESPN + for anyone in the US that is not in the market.
Here is a full breakdown of how to watch a Lightning vs Red Wings live stream in the US with your options based on where you live:
Note: This is the only streaming service that broadcasts Bally Sports’ regional sports networks
DirecTV Stream (formerly AT&T TV) offers four different channel packages: “Entertainment”, “Choice”, “Ultimate” and “Premier”. Bally Sports Sun (live on local markets) and Bally Sports Detroit (local markets) are included from Choice.
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Once you have signed up for DirecTV Stream, You can see the Lightning vs Red Wings live on the DirecTV Stream appAvailable on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung TV, any device with Android TV (like Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet . Or you can watch it on your computer through the DirecTV Stream website.
If you can’t watch live, DirecTV Stream also offers 20 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the option to upgrade to 500 hours).
Viewers in the US can watch every non-commercial, non-nationally televised NHL game (over 1,000 total games) on ESPN +, which this season is replacing NHL.tv and a must-have for any NHL fan:
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ESPN +, which also includes around 75 exclusive national NHL games as well as dozen of other live sports, each 30-for-30 documentary and additional original content (both video and written) is $ 6.99 for a month or 69 $ 99 for a year (or about seven cents per NHL game, if you want to put it that way).
If you want Disney + and Hulu too, you can get all three for $ 13.99 per month. Regardless, the three streaming services would cost a total of $ 20.97 per month, so you save about 33 percent:
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Once you’ve signed up for ESPN +, You can watch the broadcast of Lightning vs Red Wings (the broadcast of both teams) live in the ESPN app on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4 or 5, Xbox One or Series X / S, any device with Android TV (such as Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), Samsung Smart TV, Oculus Go, iPhone, Android smartphone, iPad or Android tablet.
You can also watch it on your computer through ESPN.com.
If there was anything to be salvaged from the wreckage of Tampa Bay’s opening night, it had to be center Anthony Cirelli’s performance. He scored and assisted to give the Lightning a brave but short comeback in the third period. Cirelli’s brilliance was a rare ray of hope, but Captain Steven Stamkos also caught the eye with his creativity.
Stamkos and Cirelli can overwhelm a suspicious blue line from the Red Wings. Detroit’s hope for a stronger defensive this season rests on new goalkeeper Alex Nedeljkovic. After arriving in an offseason trade with the Carolina Hurricanes, he is counted on for big things. As a rookie, Nedeljkovic was only allowed to concede 1.90 goals on average last season, and he should hit the right angles more often than his predecessor Jonathan Bernier.
The Red Wings will need a strong performance from Nedeljkovic and his immediate superiors as this team still looks easy to attack. Head coach Jeff Blashill’s problems are made worse by new signing Jakub Vrana starting the season on the injured reserve after shoulder surgery. Former Washington Capitals winger Vrana was expected to add creativity and scoring opportunity, but as things stand, captain and center Dylan Larkin shoulder the burden of offensive.
The Red Wings are not a team capable of reaching the lightning bolt point by point. Not when Tampa Bay can also draw on goals from winger Nikita Kucherov and center Brayden Point. The latter scored 23 goals last season, six of them in power play.
There is no apparent weakness in this attack, but the real strength of lightning lies deeper. The defense is well supported by the stubborn goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy, while defender Victor Hedman is another important cog in this unit. It’s hard to believe that Larkin and his linemates will conjure enough magic to disrupt Tampa Bay in the background.
If the Red Wings have hope, it comes from how the Lightning missed Barclay Goodrow and veteran center Tyler Johnson. Both were highly influential during last season’s playoffs, but traded in the off-season, with Goodrow joining the New York Rangers while Johnson joining the Chicago Blackhawks.
Along with another major loss, Yanni Gourde, who joined the Seattle Kraken, Goodrow and Johnson expansion, provided the Lightning with exceptional strength no other team in the league could match. If, and it’s a big if, Red Wings can control Tampa’s leading lights, Detroit might hang around long enough to cause a notable shock.
It is more likely, however, that the defending champions will quickly reset and hold their own as a firm favorite for another title.