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Lightning Lose Opportunity To Gain Ground On Leafs

Morgan Rielly, Matt Martin, Connor Brown, and James van Riemsdyk each scored goals in the second period en route to a 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Roman Polak added a first period goal and Frederik Andersen stopped 33-shots in picking up his fourth shutout of the season.

Andrei Vasilevskiy, had won his last three starts and was 6-0-1 over his last seven starts, was pulled midway through the second period.

The loss ends a streak of six-straight games in which they had picked up a point (5-0-1). They have picked up a point in eight of their last 10 games (7-2-1) and 15 of their last 18 games (12-2-3).

The Lightning fall to 34-27-9 (77-points) and the Maple Leafs leap frog them in the standings improving to 32-23-14 (78-points).

On the plus side of the ledger, the New York Islanders and Boston Bruins each lost in their respective matchups (see below).

Lightning’s Playoff Odds:

According the the web-site sportsclubstats.com the Lightning entered Tuesday night’s action with a 40.0-percent chance of making the playoffs. The key games from Thursday night drops the Bolts odds by 9.3-percent to 30.7-percent.

  • Tampa Bay Lightning 5-0 Loss To Toronto Maple Leafs (-15.2-percent)
  • New York Islanders 3-2 Loss To Winnipeg Jets (+4.5-percent)
  • Edmonton Oilers 7-4 Win Versus Boston Bruins (+1.4-percent)

Entering tonight’s game against the Leafs, thehockeydigest.com gave the Lightning a 46-percent chance at the postseason. The Leafs were at 34-percent. On Friday morning, the Leafs odds improved 24-percent to 58-percent and the Bolts dropped by 13-percent and currently stand at 33-percent.

Upcoming Games Of Note:

The Lightning are idle on Friday night and will host the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.

On Friday night the Florida Panthers will be in New York to take on the Rangers. There are a slew of games to keep an eye on Saturday night while the Bolts take on the Capitals.

  • Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Islanders
  • Chicago Black Hawks at Toronto Maple Leafs

 

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