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NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Sunday, January 5th (All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay Lightning (25-12-4) at Edmonton Oilers (13-26-5), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Lightning will take aim at a sixth consecutive road victory when they visit the struggling Edmonton Oilers for Sunday's clash at Rexall Place.

The Lightning are 2-0 so far on a four-game road trip, giving the club five straight wins as the guest and improving Tampa's away record this season to 11-8-2. The Bolts haven't lost on the road since dropping a 3-0 decision at New Jersey on Dec. 14.

Tampa won for the seventh time in nine games overall by blanking the Calgary Flames by a 2-0 score on Friday. Ben Bishop stopped 19 shots for his fourth shutout of the season, tying him with Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins for the NHL lead.

Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov scored for the Lightning, and Palat extended his point streak to a career-best five games.

"I feel like every game, my confidence is getting better," Palat said. "Maybe it's because I play with Marty (St. Louis) and Johnny (Tyler Johnson)."

Bishop is expected to get the start on Sunday and he is 2-0 with a 1.00 goals against average in his career against Edmonton. The American netminder helped Tampa beat a visiting Oilers club by a 4-2 score on Nov. 7 and Bishop also notched a shutout in Edmonton on Feb. 25, 2011, when he was a member of the St. Louis Blues.

Tampa has won two straight and six of its last nine meetings with the Oilers, but Edmonton has claimed two in a row and four of the last six encounters in Alberta.

The Lightning are scheduled to close their road trip Tuesday evening in Winnipeg.

The Oilers, who are last in the Western Conference with 31 points, enter Sunday having lost four straight and 10 of their last 12 games. The club has allowed a total of 18 goals over its last four outings and Edmonton has surrendered five markers in each of its past two trips to the ice.

After losing at San Jose by a 5-1 count on Thursday, the Oilers dropped a 5-2 decision the following night in Anaheim. Ben Lovejoy notched his first career two-goal effort to lead the Ducks, who overcame an early 2-1 deficit to breeze past the Oilers at Honda Center.

Boyd Gordon and Nail Yakupov had first-period goals for Edmonton and Ilya Bryzgalov recorded 32 saves in the loss.

The Oilers led 2-1 after Yakupov recorded his eighth goal of the season with 8:54 left in the opening period. However, Lovejoy scored twice in the final 2:48 of the period to give Anaheim the lead for good.

"It was a little stunning behind the bench. It was great to get that first one and for them to come right back the way they did, it took the wind out of our sails a little bit. It was a bit of a crazy period, back and forth," said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins.

Edmonton is back home after going 0-2-1 on a recent three-game road trip, but the Oilers have lost three of their last four tilts as the host. Tonight's test marks the start of a three-game homestand for the Oilers, who are just 6-11-2 in front of the home crowd this season.

The Lightning could have defenseman Sami Salo back in the lineup on Sunday after he sat out the last four games due to an upper-body injury. Salo has one goal and six assists in 34 tests for Tampa this season.

01/05 11:07:59 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
 
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
8th
PIT 2
CIN 5
 
9th
CLE 5
KAN 3
 
9th
WAS 1
ANA 3
 
8th
TOR 8
BAL 10
 
9th
DET 4
CWS 6
 
7th
TAM 4
MIN 4
 
8th
BOS 4
NYY 1
 
8th
NYM 3
STL 1
 
7th
MIL 5
SDP 1
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
 
3rd
SAN 73
DAL 88
 
1st
HOU 18
POR 18
 
1st OT
CLB 3
PIT 3
 
2nd Intermission
DAL 2
ANA 2
 
1st
CHI 0
STL 0
 
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1