Tampa Bay Lightning Vs. Vancouver Canucks: Live Thread For Game No. 31

The Tampa Bay Lightning have finally found a way to dig themselves out of the hole they’ve been stuck in with a 6-3 victory over the Calgary Flames. Could the Lightning take the first strides towards creating a winning streak tonight at the Rogers Arena against the Vancouver Canucks?

The Tampa Bay Lightning has been trapped in a real downward spiral as of late. Trouble in just about every category led the Lightning to drop eight of their last 10 games. Thankfully, the Lightning put a stop to the terrible cycle on Wednesday night with a huge 6-3 victory over the red-hot Calgary Flames.

Tonight, the Lightning face an entirely new challenge. The Lightning have found a way to be successful, but have they managed to come up with a plan to remain successful? This question couldn’t possibly be posed at a better time.

The Lightning is headed into Rogers Arena in the heart of Vancouver to do battle with the Vancouver Canucks. Unfortunately, the Lightning didn’t exactly fare well in their first meeting of the season. In fact, the Lightning was trounced 5-1 by the Canucks. As you can imagine, the Lightning are looking for a much different scenario tonight.

The bad news for the Tampa Bay Lightning is, they will be taking the ice without the assistance of four of the team’s major players. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos and alternate captain Ryan Callahan will be joined by Lightning forwards Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat

As most Lightning fans know by now, Nikita Kucherov was ruled out ahead of the Lightning’s battle against the Flames. Ondrej Palat, on the other hand, was shaken up in the second period against the Flames. Palat’s undisclosed injury is more than likely a direct result of this incident.

On the bright side, there are plenty of players at the Lightning’s disposal who are more than ready, willing, and able to step up and help the team whenever they are called upon.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have faced more than their fair share of adversity over the course of the last few seasons. At the end of the day, the Bolts have always found a way to win. If there is any team in the National Hockey League we would trust to emerge victoriously under pressure, it’s the Lightning.

The Vancouver Canucks are heading into tonight’s contest on a three-game losing streak. As you can imagine, the Canucks will be looking for some redemption as much as the Lightning will be looking to maintain the course and bring home the two points in tonight’s contest.

It’s definitely going to be a battle on the ice between these two teams. Both teams will be headed into the Rogers Arena looking for a victory. The real question here is, which team wants it more?

Do you want to be a part of the action tonight? Well, scroll on down to the comments section and share your thoughts and opinions with like-minded Lightning fans. As the old saying goes, hockey is always better with some friends.

The action is set to kick off at 10:00 p.m. EST from Rogers Arena in Vancouver. You can catch all the action on Fox Sports Sun or on the go with the Fox Sports Go app. In addition to live tweeting tonight’s action, we here at Bolts By The Bay will be here with you all night long to join in the discussion.

Topics: Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks, Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference