W2W4: Rangers vs. Lightning

January, 14, 2014
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At a glance: Riding into Tuesday’s action on a three-game winning streak, the Rangers aim to make it four against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden. Still without superstar Steven Stamkos, the Bolts have remained one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Tampa occupies the third spot in the standings with a 27-15-4 record and 58 points. Meanwhile, the Rangers look to capitalize on home ice, where they will play five of the next six games.

Playing like royalty: Henrik “The King” Lundqvist is finally starting to look like himself again, after a poor start to the 2013-14 season that saw his usually-pristine numbers plummet. In his last seven starts, he is 5-1-1 with a 2.37 goals against average and .926 save percentage. The 2012 Vezina Trophy winner has shown more confidence and patience in net, and that has paid dividends for his Rangers squad. With their 4-1 win over Philly Sunday night, the Rangers moved into third place in the Metropolitan Division.

About last night: The Bolts enter Madison Square Garden having dropped a 3-2 decision to Columbus Monday night. With a 2-1 lead heading into the third period, the Lightning surrendered two power-play goals to the Blue Jackets. It was only the second time this season Tampa Bay has lost when leading after two periods.

Power-ing through: The Bolts’ PK might want to tighten up before facing a Rangers power-play that has been a source of strength lately. The Blueshirts have tallied a power-play goal in a season-high five straight games. They rank 6th in the league on the man-advantage with a 21.4 success rate.

On the mend: Steven Stamkos continues to skate in hopes of returning to the Lightning prior to the Sochi Olympics next month. The 23-year-old center is working to return from a gruesome leg injury back in November, a broken tibia in his right leg that required him to undergo surgery. The former first overall pick, who was named to Team Canada’s 2014 Olympic squad, was producing at an impressive clip before being sidelined with injury -- 14 goals and 23 points in 17 games.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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