NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 24th (All times eastern)
Florida Panthers (18-24-7) at Tampa Bay Lightning (25-20-3), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning aim for their fourth straight victory tonight, as they host the Florida Panthers at St. Pete Times Forum.
The Lightning last played on Saturday when they blanked the Thrashers in Atlanta. John Grahame posted 20 saves for his third shutout of the season, backstopping Tampa Bay to the 2-0 victory at Philips Arena.
Fredrik Modin and Vincent Lecavalier both scored and Darryl Sydor assisted on each goal for the Lightning, winners of four of their last five games.
Grahame has 10 shutouts in his career and blanked the Thrashers for the second time this season. Tampa Bay posted a 6-0 victory over Atlanta on October 20, 2005.
Brad Richards added an assist to extend his point streak to five games. He has two goals and three helpers during the stretch.
Tonight is the first of two straight games at home for the Lightning, who are 12-9-1 in Tampa this season.
Tampa Bay is currently second in the Southeast Division and 17 points behind Carolina.
Florida, meanwhile, has dropped three in a row, including a 1-0 decision in Anaheim on Saturday. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 30 saves to notch his first shutout of the season as the Mighty Ducks earned the win at the Pond.
Roberto Luongo made 30 saves for the Panthers, who are in fourth place with just 43 points.
The Panthers, who are just 5-18-4 as the visitor this season, complete a three-game road trip tonight.
Tampa Bay has won four of the last five meetings with the Panthers. The teams have split a pair of matchups this season. Florida is just 0-5-2 (5 losses, 2 ties) in its last seven trips to Tampa.
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