And no, we aren’t talking about wins. The Tampa Bay Lightning are in Winnipeg tonight to faceoff against the Jets. With a win tonight, the Lightning will have a 13 game win streak against the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise. This is the longest active streak of this sort in the league.
Both the Lightning and Jets have been streaky teams this year. The Lightning started the year winning in Carolina and then losing five in a row. Immediately afterwards, the Bolts went on a 3 game win streak. On the fourth of this month, the Lightning started a streak of three consecutive comeback overtime/shootout wins against the Blackhawks, Panthers, and then the Flyers. After a disappointing loss Saturday night in St. Louis, the Lightning look to bounce back against a team they have had success against for the past few seasons.
The Jets haven’t had the start they wanted. The new look team, despite all of the excitement surrounding them, is currently 5-9-3 with 13 points so far this season. The team has lost 5 straight, and has only 2 wins in five games at the MTS Centre. Making matters worse for the Jets, their last loss came against the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets. The statistics don’t look good for the Jets heading into tonight’s game in Winnipeg, but perhaps there is some hope. The Lightning have struggled to get off to good starts lately, especially on the road. And this isn’t a game in Atlanta, where the Lightning dominated in the past; the Lightning haven’t been to Winnipeg since 1996. The Jets hope the Lightning come out flat, giving them an opportunity to right the ship at home.
Notes: Stamkos and Bergeron lead the team with 16 points; Starting tonight is Dwayne Roloson; His record against Winnipeg/Atlanta is 10-0-1; the Jets are a perfect 10/10 on the PK in their 2 home wins; in their 3 home losses the opposing team is 5/14 on the powerplay.
Injuries: TBLightning’s Victor Hedman and Ryan Malone are both questionable tonight, although rumors have circulated on Twitter that Hedman is “upgraded to ‘maybe’”. Mattias Ohlund remains out of the game, placed on the Injured Reserve. Tobias Enstrom and Randy Jones are both out tonight for the Jets.
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