Three Observations After Four-Game Homestand

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1. Special Teams

For much of the four games, the Lightning special teams have struggled, especially in Tuesday night’s loss against Edmonton. The Lightning power play went scoreless on five attempts and even gave up a shorthanded goal.

On the homestand, the Lightning power play gave up three shorthanded goals, going along with scoring just four goals on the power play in 20 attempts. Clicking at 20% over a four-game stretch is not a terrible rate, but when you allow shorthanded goals in three of the four games, that simply cannot happen.

In addition to the struggling power play, the penalty kill has had some difficulty as well. The Lighting gave up four goals while on the penalty kill over the four games, including two on the Oilers’ first two attempts on Tuesday night.

All three Edmonton goals Tuesday came from special teams, despite the Lightning outscoring them 2-0 at even strength and controlling much of the play.