NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, November 25th
(All times eastern)
New York Rangers (7-7-4-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (11-2-3-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning try to extend their unbeaten streak
to five tonight when they invite the New York Rangers to the St. Pete Times
The Lightning, who are tied with Atlanta atop the Southeast Division, are
3-0-1 in the last four and have only lost twice in regulation this season. On
Sunday in Carolina the Bolts and Hurricanes skated to a scoreless tie.
Nikolai Khabibulin and Kevin Weekes combined to make 58 saves in the match,
with the Bulin Wall turning aside 37 shots -- eight in overtime -- for his
second shutout of the season.
Khabibulin has rotated with fellow netminder John Grahame over the last eight
games, and the system has for the most part worked. The Lightning have allowed
more than two goals only once in that span.
Tampa Bay, 8-1-1-1 on home ice this season, will host St. Louis Friday.
New York, meanwhile, ended a four-game winless slide with Sunday's 6-2
pounding of visiting Ottawa. Martin Rucinsky posted a goal and three assists,
and Jussi Markkanen stopped 23 shots to back the effort. Bobby Holik, Brian
Leetch, Jan Hlavac, Peter Nedved and Alex Kovalev also scored for the Rangers,
who were 0-2-2 in the previous four tilts.
Rucinsky was named NHL Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, and has four
goals and seven assists in his last nine games.
Eric Lindros returned Sunday after missing four games because of an eye
injury, but captain Mark Messier sat out the game, just one day after skating
in an outdoor alumni game in Edmonton.
Elsewhere on the injury front, goaltender Mike Dunham (hip flexor) is ready to
return and should be in net for at least one portion of the three-game road
trip that opens tonight.
Tampa Bay went 3-1 against New York last season, and has won two straight
series games on its home ice.
11/25 10:17:26 ET