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If this team didn't have bad luck, they'd have no luck at all. Injury to Anton Stralman, blood clot surgery for Steven Stamkos and a host of other players banged up is going to make the playoffs challenging. Ben Bishop, who had a Vezina-caliber season, can steal them some games, though.
Losing Anton Stralman (fractured leg) and Steven Stamkos (blood clots) to long-term injuries/ailments could be a death blow for this team's Stanley Cup hopes. It's going to be up to Ben Bishop, Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov to carry this club in the postseason.
Tampa still has a chance at winning the Atlantic, despite their rough record against Florida. Ben Bishop may be the biggest reason for it. The goaltender is second in the NHL among starters with a .928 save percentage, looking like a good Vezina candidate.
Still battling for first place with their Florida rivals, the Lightning have lost five seven games following that nine-game winning streak. They have a crucial six-game homestand ahead to try and make up some ground.
Like the Ducks, Tampa followed up a long winning streak with three straight clunkers. They trail the Bruins by a point with a game in hand in the tight Atlantic race.
The Lightning saw their franchise record nine-game winning streak end, but they've gone 21-7-0 since Jan. 1. They're back in first in the Atlantic Division and looking like the Cup contender people thought they'd be in the preseason.
The Lighting's Jonathan Drouin saga drags on as he was not dealt ahead of the deadline, but now they can put their full focus on continuing to climb the standings. They're on the verge of overtaking the Panthers in the Atlantic.
Since the beginning of January, the Lightning are 15-6-0 and starting to feel more comfortable about their spot in the standings. All eyes remain on GM Steve Yzerman to see if he has anything up his sleeve ahead of the deadline.
Steven Stamkos isn't going anywhere before the trade deadline, according to Steve Yzerman. The Bolts are still in a battle for the playoffs as they sit in the final wild-card spot.
The Lightning always seem to put up a clunker of a game right after a winning streak, but it still looks like they've put their rough start behind them. The Jonathan Drouin situation remains unresolved, though, and will be a big storyline ahead of the deadline.
Preseason Power Rankings
After leading the NHL in goals last season, the Lightning are back at it to start the 2015-16 campaign. Tampa Bay outscored opponents 13-6 en route to a 3-0-0 start and look as solid as ever.
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