As the Tampa Bay Lightning return home for a game Tuesday night, fans once again feel relieved. This sense of relief stems from the Lightning’s terrible road record, and solid play at home. The Bolts once again lost multiple games on the road this past week, losing in three straight during their Eastern Canadian trip to Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. As the road struggles continue for Tampa Bay, fans continue to rely on home wins to keep satisfied. However, if the Lightning cannot solve their lackluster play on the road, don’t expect postseason hockey for the Bolts this spring.
The Lightning have a 6-15-3 record away from home, good for just 13th in the Eastern Conference. The home record of 11-5-0 is pretty solid, as the Bolts have remained consistent as of late in Tampa Bay. However, a team cannot rely on solid home play and terrible road play in order to make the playoffs. It isn’t like it has gotten any better either for the Lightning away from home. After losing three straight in Canada, the Lightning have lost 5 straight road games. As the Lightning return home, fans return to statements like “maybe playing at home will spark the team.” Well, we’ve been saying that for a while now, and it is just about halfway through. Six of the next nine games for the Lightning will be at home, which is definitely good for the Bolts, considering their terrible play in away games this season. The biggest test will likely come against the rival Capitals on the 13th. The Caps currently have the 4th best home record.
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