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Wednesday, January 1st (All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay Lightning (23-12-4) at Vancouver Canucks (23-11-7), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Aiming to avoid a third straight loss, the Tampa Bay Lightning shoot for just their second victory all-time in Vancouver on Wednesday night as they begin a western road trip versus the Canucks.

The Lightning will play their next four games in Western Canada, with contests in Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg on tap after tonight's contest. They are 1-8-1 with a pair of ties all-time in Vancouver, picking up that first victory in their last trip there on Dec. 11, 2010.

That was Tampa Bay's second straight victory in this series overall, but Vancouver notched a 5-4 shootout triumph on the road when the clubs last met on Jan. 10, 2012.

The Bolts had a five-game win streak snapped with a shootout loss to Montreal on Saturday, then failed to earn a point the following night in a 4-3 setback to the New York Rangers.

Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Valtteri Filppula scored for the Lightning, while Anders Lindback yielded four goals on 29 shots.

Tampa Bay struggled on the penalty kill, allowing New York to score three times on the power play.

"We gotta get back to pushing the pace and keeping the puck moving forward," said Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis, who had a four-game goal streak snapped. "It just seems like we've lost a little bit of our game."

The Lightning are expected to get healthy during this trip, with forward Ryan Malone and defensemen Eric Brewer and Sami Salo all on pace to return at some point.

Malone has not played since Nov. 22 due to a broken ankle but has been cleared for contact, while Brewer (arm) and Salo (upper body) are skating.

Ben Bishop should get the call in net for the Lightning to begin this road trip and is among the league leaders this season with 20 wins, a 1.89 goals against average, a .935 save percentage and three shutouts. He has never before faced the Canucks.

Vancouver will try to rebound tonight after having a six-game home winning streak halted with Monday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Daniel Sedin was credited with a go-ahead goal with 2:48 to play in regulation when his shot on net was saved by Philadelphia's Steve Mason before hitting off a defender and in.

However, the Flyers got the equalizer with 46.8 seconds on the clock and then notched the lone goal of the shootout.

Making back-to-back starts with Roberto Luongo out with a lower-body injury, Eddie Lack posted 24 saves. He had notched an 18-save shutout the previous night in Calgary and is likely to face the Lightning for the first time tonight.

"I thought we played well enough to win," said Lack, who is 7-2-1 with a 1.84 GAA and two shutouts in 13 games (9 starts) this season. "In the end, it's just very disappointing we couldn't pull it out."

Tom Sestito and Jannik Hansen also scored for the Canucks, who lost for the first time in four games overall.

01/01 10:25:23 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
CAR 3
TOR 1
 
2nd
DUKE 36
UCONN 30
 
Half
CHI 52
NYK 45
 
2nd
HOU 33
NOP 29
 
10:00pm Tonight
SAC
MIL
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
OKC
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
 
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
 
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
1st OT
SDKST 63
IDST 62
 
2nd
RIDE 57
MRGST 46
 
2nd
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
2nd
CHAR 45
APP 41
 
2nd
MISS 45
CCAR 51
 
2nd
DUKE 36
UCONN 30
 
2nd
BRAD 57
EUREK 31
 
2nd
PEAY 50
OAKC 36
 
2nd
JST 40
SMISS 20
 
Half
SD 27
MNTST 26
 
1st
UAB 19
LSU 14
 
1st
EVAN 10
OHIO 15
 
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CSFU
CSDH
 
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DEP
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PAC
NEV
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USF
PORST
 
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IDAHO
WALLA
 
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UTST
CALST
 
3rd
PIT 0
COL 0
 
3rd
PHI 1
FLA 1
 
3rd
CAR 3
TOR 1
 
3rd
CLB 3
WAS 3
 
2nd
MON 0
ANA 1
 
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EDM
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LOS
STL
2nd
JAC 0
TEN 7