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On This Date: Nicklas Lidstrom scores from center ice (VIDEO)

This changed everything.


Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom scored one of the most important goals in team history on this date during the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a tally that had the effect of completely changing around a playoff series en route to the team’s 10th championship.

With the upstart Vancouver Canucks off to a shocking 2-0 series lead, Detroit’s backs were up against the wall. An early Steve Yzerman goal in Game 3 quieted the raucous Vancouver crowd, but Todd Bertuzzi’s goal in the 2nd period had the building reaching deafening levels.

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And suddenly, everything changed.

With less than a minute remaining in the game’s middle frame, Lidstrom skated through the neutral zone and fired a shot toward’s Canucks goaltender Dan Cloutier, who had been stonewalling the team. The puck skipped under Cloutier’s glove to give Detroit the lead, and there wasn’t a stone big enough for him to hide under.

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Detroit would go on to sweep the rest of the series en route to the 2002 Stanley Cup.

3 Daily Fantasy NHL Stacks for 4/21/22

In daily fantasy hockey, stacking is a key strategy in tournaments. We want to correlate our lineups with up to four players to maximize our upside — if one player on a line is scoring goals, it’s likely that his linemates are getting assists, as well.

Ideally, we want players who will get a lot of ice time together on an even-strength line and a power-play line. Two good resources for line combinations are LeftWingLock.com and DailyFaceoff.com, so be sure to check those sites for updated line information.

The regular season is wrapping up, and this 11-game slate is one of the last large slates we have left. Let’s look at some stacks we can use on it.

Florida Panthers

The Florida Panthers have played in a way that fans of offense have wanted to see. They love to play high-tempo and attack with all four lines trying to score. It has resulted in them being the best offense we’ve seen in decades, and now they are in an all-time great spot tonight.

The only issue with rostering Panthers players this season is that it’s hard to pinpoint where the goals will come from. Well, the good news tonight is that they’ve changed things around, which makes things easier to stack.

Written by Michael Whitaker

Always at the front lines of Detroit Sports.

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