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Monday, November 25th (All times Eastern)

New York Rangers (12-11-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (14-8-1), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Lightning hope a return home can help the club get back on track, as they begin a three-game homestand with Monday's battle against the New York Rangers.

The Lightning went 0-3-1 on a recent road trip and the four-game slide is the club's longest slide of the season. Prior to the current slump, Tampa Bay had not lost two consecutive tilts at any point in 2013-14.

Tampa, which is playing five of its next six games on home ice, is 8-2-0 as the host this season and just 6-6-1 on the road.

The Bolts did manage to get a point in the finale of the tough swing, dropping a 1-0 overtime decision Friday night at Anaheim. Tampa Bay had surrendered a total of 16 goals during the first three games of the trip, but yielded only Ryan Getzlaf's game-winning tally with eight seconds left in OT against the Ducks.

Tampa goaltender Ben Bishop was a tough-luck loser on Friday, as he was saddled with the loss despite making 41 saves to keep the Lightning in the game. However, he couldn't cleanly handle Getzlaf's attempt that barely crossed the goal line with time winding down.

The Lightning had routed the Ducks in Tampa by a 5-1 count just eight days prior to Friday's game.

"What goes around comes around. At some point that bounce will go our way, it just didn't tonight," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper.

Tampa, of course, is still playing without star centerman Steven Stamkos, who broke his right tibia earlier this month. Including the Nov. 11 game in Boston that saw Stamkos break his bone in the second period, the Bolts are just 2-4-1 since the devastating injury. There is no official timetable for Stamkos' return, but he expects to play again this season.

The Rangers enter Monday's tilt on a two-game winning streak as they are 2-0 at the start of five-game road trip. New York began the swing with Thursday's 3-2 win in Dallas and then notched a 2-0 victory over Nashville on Saturday.

All told, the Rangers have won six straight on the road, giving the Blueshirts their longest winning stretch as the visitor since a six-game surge from Jan. 19-March 2, 2006. New York has not won seven consecutive road games since setting a franchise mark from Oct. 28-Nov. 29, 1978.

Cam Talbot posted his second consecutive shutout with a 17-save effort to help the Rangers extend their road winning streak. Talbot also stopped all 22 shots he faced in a 1-0 Rangers' victory at Montreal on Nov. 16.

The rookie Talbot is 5-1-0 with a sparkling 1.32 goals against average and excellent .949 save percentage in six starts this season, all of which have come on the road.

Talbot's workload on Saturday was relatively easy, considering No. 1 netminder Henrik Lundqvist had to make 41 saves in Thursday's win over the Stars.

"I could get used to this, for sure," Talbot said. "The guys have played unbelievably in front of me the past two games."

Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan each netted goals to support Talbot on Saturday, while Mats Zuccarello assisted on both New York markers.

Lundqvist is 16-7-6 with a 2.08 goals against average in 29 career starts against Tampa. Talbot has never faced the Lightning.

The Rangers have won three straight and four of the past five games in the series against the Lightning. Tampa also has dropped two of three on home ice versus the Blueshirts.

11/25 11:04:38 ET

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Local
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
2nd
CLEM 32
NCSU 30
 
Final
DET 15
BAL 2
 
Final
MIA 7
MIAFLA 1
 
Final
PHI 5
NYY 5
 
Final
BOS 2
NEASTERN 1
 
Final
TOR 7
PIT 8
 
Final
CIN 10
CLE 0
 
Final
OAK 9
SFG 4
 
Final
BOS 1
BOSTONCOLL 0
 
Final
ARI 4
ASU 0
 
Final
CLE 110
BOS 79
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
NYK 86
SAC 124
Final
ATL 104
HOU 96
Final
MEM 82
UTA 93
 
4th
CHI 94
WAS 91
 
Half
DEN 55
MIL 51
 
Final
UMO 70
AKR 63
 
Final
NAVY 56
ARMY 52
 
Final
BST 60
EMICH 67
 
Final
BUT 54
GEOR 60
 
Final
IND 63
IOWA 77
 
Final
FLGC 81
JVU 63
 
Final
USCU 90
KNST 54
 
Final
BGU 80
KSU 81
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 73
LIP 76
 
Final
HC 62
GHND 45
 
Final
RUTG 50
MD 60
 
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
Final
BUF 93
OHIO 66
 
Final
ALA 74
MISS 82
Final
DAY 75
RIU 59
Final
CMICH 85
TOL 77
 
Final
DET 77
YOUNG 67
 
Final
UNF 81
STET 67
 
Final
ABCHRIST 83
HOUB 71
 
Final
NDAK 78
NEOM 80
 
Final
NILL 65
WMICH 63
 
Final
ILLCH 60
WRST 57
 
2nd
MIZZ 40
AUB 42
 
Half
UGA 32
KENT 32
 
2nd
NW 37
MICH 44
 
2nd
CLEM 32
NCSU 30
 
2nd
UF 30
TEXAM 26
 
Half
KU 26
WVU 40
 
Half
CREI 30
VILL 29
 
Final
PHI 2
CAL 3
Final
NJD 3
NAS 1
Final
CLB 3
WAS 5
Final
TAM 3
BUF 0
3rd
FLA 2
TOR 3
 
3rd
MIN 2
OTT 2
 
2nd Intermission
DAL 0
NYI 1
 
2nd
ARI 1
ANA 2
 
1st
VAN 0
SJS 1