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Lightning try to stay hot in Detroit

(SportsNetwork.com) - The streaking Tampa Bay Lightning take aim at a fourth straight win when they visit the Detroit Red Wings for Saturday's battle at Joe Louis Arena.

The Lightning posted a 4-2 win Thursday against visiting Edmonton, giving Tampa Bay its third three-game winning streak of the season. The Bolts, who are 6-1-0 over their last seven outings, haven't posted four wins in a row since a five-game winning streak from Jan. 22-Feb. 1 of last season.

Tampa's red-hot sniper Steven Stamkos continued his recent tear by putting up two more goals to lead the Lightning to Thursday's home win over the Oilers. Stamkos' 12th and 13th markers of the season supported a 38-save performance from Ben Bishop. The All-Star center is riding a five-game goal scoring streak and has recorded a point in seven consecutive contests.

Despite his personal hot streak and his club's third straight win, Stamkos was less than pleased with his team's effort on Thursday.

"I'm not very happy with the way we played tonight. If it weren't for (Bishop) we don't win that game. We'll take it, it is tough to win in this game. You can't expect to win in the long run if we play that way," Stamkos said.

Tyler Johnson and Valtteri Filppula also had goals for Tampa Bay, which improved to 7-2-0 at home. The Lightning will play three straight and seven of their next eight games on the road, where Tampa is 4-2-0 this season.

Tampa Bay has not fared well against the Red Wings in recent years, losing six straight in the series. Detroit is 7-0 with a tie in eight meetings since the Lightning last beat the Red Wings by a 1-0 score on Jan. 7, 2003 in Tampa.

The Bolts last won on the road in this series on Jan, 12, 1994 and Detroit is 10-0 with a tie in the past 11 encounters in the Motor City.

Detroit, however, has lost two straight heading into Saturday's contest. The Red Wings' current slide comes on the heels of a three-game winning streak and the funk drops Mike Babcock's club to 3-3-3 over their past nine trips to the ice.

The Red Wings opened a four-game homestand Thursday against Dallas and lost a 4-3 overtime decision. Rich Peverley scored the winning goal with 18.5 seconds left in the extra session to hand the visiting Stars the extra point.

Detroit held leads of 2-0 and 3-2 on Thursday, but Dallas sent the game to OT thanks to Cody Eakin's power-play goal with 70 seconds left in regulation. The Stars then won it with time winding down in the extra session when Peverley skated from the left boards to the top of the circle, where he fired a wrister that beat a screened Jimmy Howard.

Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi each posted a goal and an assist while Henrik Zetterberg added three assists for the Red Wings. Howard stopped 24 shots.

"We really have to do a better job at home," said Zetterberg. "We have a lot of games at home this month and we have to take advantage of them."

Detroit is playing seven of its next nine games in Motown, but is just 3-2-3 at the Joe this season.

The Red Wings will play a fourth straight game without forward Johan Franzen (upper body) on Saturday and centerman Stephen Weiss will join him on the shelf with a groin issue. Detroit recalled forward Luke Glendening from Grand Rapids of the AHL to bolster its depth up front.

11/09 11:08:28 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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