NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, February 3rd
(All times eastern)
New York Rangers (25-22-4) at Tampa Bay Lightning (28-23-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning will aim for their third straight
victory tonight, as they welcome the New York Rangers to St. Pete Times Forum.
The Lightning earned a shootout win in Philadelphia on Tuesday and then
blanked the rival Hurricanes, 4-0, in Carolina on Thursday.
Not surprisingly, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis led the way in the
4-0 victory over the Canes, as each player posted a goal and an assist. The
duo are tied for the team lead with 32 goals each and St. Louis' 70 points on
the year give him two more than Lecavalier.
Also on Thursday, Johan Holmqvist turned aside all 31 shots to record his
first career shutout. Ryan Craig and Doug Janik each scored a goal, while
Vaclav Prospal had two assists for the Lightning, who have won four of their
last five and nine of their last 11.
Tampa Bay has 58 points and comes into Saturday tied with Carolina and
Pittsburgh for the final three spots in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
The Lightning will try to become a .500 team at home tonight, as they are
12-13-0 as the host this season.
As for the Rangers, they had a two-game winning streak halted Wednesday by
visiting Toronto. Andrew Raycroft was brilliant in net as he made 37 saves to
help the Maple Leafs post the 2-1 decision at Madison Square Garden.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots and Brendan Shanahan scored the lone goal
for the Rangers, who are currently outside of the playoff picture with 54
The 38-year-old Shanahan has 26 goals on the year and 624 in his Hall-of-Fame
The Rangers, who are a solid 15-11-1 on the road this year, will return to
Manhattan on Monday for a game against Detroit.
Tampa Bay and the Rangers have split a pair of meetings this season, but the
Lightning have won nine of the last 14 encounters overall.
02/03 11:10:34 ET