One more time, the Tampa Bay Lightning will try to stop its fall.
One more time, it tries to get back to being a contender.
The Lightning, who have lost eight of their last nine games and have fallen out of the playoff race, tries to stop their dropoff tonight in Calgary. The Bolts have not had good play from their goaltenders or the defenders in front of them. Starting goaltender Ben Bishop is only 8-10-1, and the Bolts have given up four or more goals in six games on their streak.
It has happened before. A year ago, the Lightning had one losing streak of four straight games and one where it lost four of five. The year before, it had a streak where it lost four of five. In the year before that. It had losing streaks of four games in a row and five in a row.
Still, it hasn’t felt like this for a long time. The Bolts reached the final of the Stanley Cup two years ago, and it reached the Eastern Conference finals last year. This year, in a year in which the team locked up most of its stars to long-term contracts, Tampa Bay has been treading water.
Now comes a three-game swing through Canada, and the Bolts (14-13-1) will be fighting to stay on the proper side of .500.
Game time in Calgary is 9:30 p.m.