Tampa Bay Lightning Face Tough Test Against Toronto Maple Leafs

By Jonathan Katje
Vincetn Lecavalier Lightning
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The Tampa Bay Lightning finally snapped a six-game losing streak on Saturday as they got a 6-5 overtime win against the Florida Panthers. As they try to build on the momentum from that win, they now come up against red-hot goaltender Ben Scrivens and the Toronto Maple Leafs. If the Lightning want to put together consecutive wins, they will have to do something no team has done in over 150 minutes of action: score a goal on Scrivens. The rookie netminder shut out the Panthers on Monday and the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

The Lightning will send out goaltender Anders Lindback to face the young, dangerous Leafs offense. Lindback made 25 saves in the win over the Panthers to get his first win since Feb. 1. He has a 6-3-1 record this season, but doesn’t always get a ton of help. The Lightning rank 25th in the league in goals against and could really stand to see their defense start stepping up too. Tampa’s offense is outscoring all others in the league and they have the third best power play. Scoring goals isn’t a problem for the Lightning, but keeping them out of Lindback’s net sure seems to be.

Six players on the Lightning have 10 points or more, so if any team is going to find a way to end Scrivens’ hot streak, it might as well be Tampa. Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos each have 21 points while Teddy Purcell, Vincent Lecavalier, Cory Conacher and Benoit Pouliot are off to great starts as well. If the Lightning get some decent chances on the power play (over 26 percent success on season), they should at a minimum be able to snap the shutout streak and, in the best case, get a second consecutive win.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL blogger for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JKatje or add him to you network on Google.

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