Depleted Tampa Bay Lightning Prepare For Winnipeg Jets

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The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to string together back to back wins Saturday night when the Winnipeg Jets visit. Fresh off a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night, the Lightning will look to remain positive despite some very key injuries. Meeting for the first of two times this season, the Lightning know the Jets very well from the old days of the Southeast Division. Tampa Bay was 1-1 against Winnipeg last year at home, outscoring the Jets 9-5.

Although the Lightning continue to have one of the best records at home in the NHL, injuries have really begun to slow the team down. Losing what has now become nine starters, the Lightning have been very reliant on solid goaltending from Ben Bishop and steady scoring from captain Martin St. Louis.

Before Tuesday night’s victory, the Lightning went 120 minutes of playing time without scoring a goal. A positive for the Lightning, however, is that defenseman Eric Brewer and Radko Gudas are expected to return to the lineup tonight against Winnipeg.

With a record of 11-3 on home ice so far this season, it will be vital for the Lightning to pick up another win tonight as four of its next five contests will be on the road. It has been announced that goalie Anders Lindback will get the start for the Lightning tonight, and he will look to finally show signs of why the Lightning made a trade for him late last season. Tonight will be a test for the Lightning and a very important one as the team looks to rack up as many points as possible in the Eastern Conference.

Connor Akeman is a Tampa Bay Lightning and NHL writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook and join his Google network.

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