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Tampa Bay Lightning Again Look to Snap Losing Streak on the Road Against Florida Panthers

February 16th, 2013 at 1:44 PM
By Kyle Alexander Abney

While the Tampa Bay Lightning are a mediocre 4-5-1 in their last ten games, that suggests some games have been won lately.

The Bolts last victory?

An 8-3 rout of the Winnipeg Jets in Tampa Bay on February 1, just a few days after the Bolts dismantled the Florida Panthers squad they will face tonight 5-2.

Those wins were part of a 6-1 start that had Tampa Bay near the top of the standings and pundits' power rankings before the current 0-5-1 skid began.

The Panthers are in the midst of their own losing streak, dropping three straight after being shut out by Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night in Sunrise.

Lightning netminder Anders Lindback, who has been battling illness, is expected to be well enough to start the game tonight after Mathieu Garon started against the Washington Capitals on Thursday, allowing 4 goals in a loss.

Per the official Twitter account of the Tampa Bay Lightning:

 

Marc-Andre Bergeron will also get into his fourth game of the year while Keith Aulie will sit.

This might be another attempt to shuffle the line-up a bit by Guy Boucher to jump start an offense that while still strong overall (3.77 goals per game) has struggled lately, particularly on the power play where Bergeron is most effective.

The game will be aired on the NHL Network starting at 3 PM EST.

Tags: Anders Lindback, Florida Panthers, Hockey, Keith Aulie, Marc-Andre Bergeron, NHL, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Lightning

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