Last 10: Tampa Bay 6-3-1; New York 6-3-1
Season Series: This is the third of four meetings, with the Rangers picking up three of four points via a win and shootout loss. The last game was particularly notable, as Lightning star Martin St. Louis was injured during the morning skate at Madison Square Garden when he took a puck in the eye from teammate Dominic Moore, who went on to tie the game at 2-2 with a late goal and added the shootout winner.
Big Story: The Lightning are 10 points out of a playoff spot, but they've been making a push to get back into the mix lately. They are 6-1-1 in their last eight games as they embark on a three-game road trip that starts Thursday night in New York.
Lightning: They had a chance Tuesday to make headway against several teams near the bottom of the playoff chase -- Toronto, Ottawa and Florida all lost in regulation -- but the Lightning couldn't solve the defensively stingy Kings.
Steven Stamkos tied the game at 1-1 in the second period, but the Kings went on to a 3-1 victory.
"I thought we had some chances," Stamkos said. "We knew it was going to be a tight-checking game, and that's what it was."
Rangers: Tuesday's loss at home to the Devils could've been a dramatic post-regulation victory. Artem Anisimov appeared to score the tying goal with 3.5 seconds left in the third period, but the goal was waved off when Marian Gaborik collided with goaltender Martin Brodeur.
The Rangers fell 1-0, but they weren't disappointed in their overall game.
"We need to have a better start," said Ryan Callahan, whose team trailed 9-1 in shots as they fell behind early. "I think that's what hurts the most. There are a lot of good things that went on in this game, even though we didn't generate a goal, but we'll take some positives out of it.”
Who's Hot: St. Louis has 5 goals and 3 assists in his last 5 games for the Lightning.
Injury Report: The Lightning are without forwards Adam Hall (upper body) and Dana Tyrell (knee), while Ryan Malone (upper body) is day-to-day. Defensemen Mattias Ohlund (knee) is out and Marc-Andre Bergeron (upper body) is day-to-day. … Michael Sauer (concussion) is out, but the Rangers lack any new injuries.
Stat Pack: The Rangers have two power-play goals in their last 47 chances. The one goal was the winner in Boston at 4-on-3, which means their last 5-on-4 power play goal occurred on Jan. 5 against the Panthers.
Puck Drop: "I think we do a lot of good things on the power play and create a lot of chances, but in the end, it's the difference, and I think we'll know it going down the stretch. Special teams will be a huge part, so we have to try to win those." -- Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist