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Lightning open up homestand against Rangers

(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 11:12:51 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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