Struggling Lightning Must Win Tonight Vs Panthers
The Lightning have lost five straight, three since ex-captain St. Louis was dealt to the Rangers at the deadline, and head into tonight with 75 points, holding the first of two wild card spots in the Eastern Conference.
Prior to the Olympic break, Tampa Bay sat second in the Atlantic and just seven points back of Boston for top spot.
There is positive news on the horizon, though: hard-hitting defenseman Radko Gudas will draw back in tonight against Florida after missing the last four games with a leg injury, while veteran blueliner Sami Salo has declared himself fit after getting hurt and playing just three minutes against Phoenix on Monday.
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