The Tampa Bay Lightning head into Monday night’s matchup against the surging Columbus Blue Jackets after winning seven of its previous eight road games. In their last contest with the Blue Jackets, the Lightning were shut out 1-0 at the hands of goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who was also injured later on in the game.
Columbus comes into tonight’s game with a 7-3 mark over its last 10 games and finds itself sitting in the thick of the Metropolitan Division playoff race. To start the month of January, the Blue Jackets have won four of their first five games and are currently riding the hot wave after a big 6-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets in their last outing.
The Lightning are also coming off a big 6-3 road victory over the Philadelphia Flyers where backup goalie Anders Lindback began to find his groove and was arguably the best performer for Tampa Bay.
While the Lightning continue to fight off the injury bug with starting goaltender Ben Bishop now on the injured reserve, Tampa Bay continues to pick up quality road points. They’ve now compiled a record of 13-9-2 away from home this season. Although Bishop is eligible to return early this week, it is likely that Lindback will see another start.
For the Lightning to continue their momentum and reverse their fortunes against the Blue Jackets, they must rely heavily on their streakiest line of Alex Killorn, Valtteri Filpppula and Teddy Purcell, who have combined for 38 points in the past 13 games. Defenseman Matt Carle is also heating up after setting a team record plus-6 rating in his last time out.