Lightning at Jets preview: Last game before the break
The Bolts are on the end of a back-to-back before they get the week off.
Lightning at Jets: Game 56
Time: 7 pm Eastern Time
Location: MTS Center
Broadcast/Streaming: SUN, Sportsnet
Opponent SBNation Site: Arctic Ice Hockey
The Lightning and Jets are separated by one point in the overall league standings (the Bolts have one more). Despite both teams being in the bottom of their respective conferences, they’re trending in the opposite direction: The Lightning have earned five points in the last three games while the Jets have lost three straight.
Both teams are coming into tonight’s game on some even footing, in that they both played last night. The Lightning earned a point in a 2-1 shootout loss against the Wild, while the Jets lost 5-2 to the Blackhawks.
The Lightning are looking to end the back end of a back-to-back set on a high note so that they go into their bye week feeling a bit good about themselves, and about the season for the first time in who knows how long. Basically, forever. The Lightning really had to rely on Andrei Vasilevskiy at certain points of Friday’s game, but played well as the game wore on, which is why that although the point was well earned, it was disappointing not to get the second one.
Vasilevskiy was outstanding, so the pressure is a bit on for Ben Bishop to deliver a strong performance. He’s coming off a shutout though, so depending on whether you think momentum exists in this type of thing, read into that however you will.
The game will be broadcast on Hockey Night in Canada, so all of Canada will be watching. Here’s hoping the Lightning give them something good to talk about.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Brian Boyle - Valtteri Filppula - Erik Condra
Alex Killorn - Brayden Point - Jonathan Drouin
Ondrej Palat - Vlad Namestnikov Nikita Kucherov
Gabriel Dumont - Cedric Paquette - JT Brown
Jason Garrison - Anton Stralman
Victor Hedman - Andrej Sustr
Braydon Coburn - Jake Dotchin
Nikolaj Ehlers - Bryan Little - Patrik Laine
Shawn Matthias - Adam Lowry - Joel Armia
Mathieu Perreault - Nic Petan - Drew Stafford
Toby Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien
Josh Morrissey - Jacob Trouba
Ben Chiarot - Paul Postma