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Lightning hit the road at last

Saturday, 02.26.2011 / 10:22 PM / Schedule

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Lightning hit the road at last
After more than a month at home, the Tampa Bay Lightning are finally hitting the road.
After more than a month at home, the Tampa Bay Lightning are finally hitting the road.

The Lightning play their first road game in more than a month when they come to Madison Square Garden on Sunday for a 1 p.m. ET start, the first of eight games on the NHL schedule. The Bolts finished a record-tying 12-game homestand with a 7-3-2 record by edging New Jersey 2-1 on Friday night, while the Rangers steamrolled the Caps 6-0 in Washington -- then spent their off-day acquiring defenseman Bryan McCabe from Florida.

The game can be seen in Canada on the NHL Network.

At 3 p.m. ET, the red-hot Columbus Blue Jackets visit Nashville. The Predators are back home after losing 3-2 at Dallas on Saturday. Columbus had the day off after beating Phoenix 5-3 on Friday.

The Devils, 16-2-2 in their last 20, finish their two-game swing through the Sunshine State when they visit the Panthers at 5 p.m. ET. Florida won 2-1 in a shootout at Atlanta on Friday night. The Thrashers stay home for a game against Toronto.

The Coyotes complete a five-game road trip with a stop in Chicago for a 7 p.m. ET meeting with the Hawks, a game that can be seen on the NHL Network in the U.S. The Blackhawks have won three in a row, including Thursday's 3-0 win at Nashville.

The day's final three games all start at 8 p.m. ET.  St. Louis, a 5-0 winner at Edmonton on Friday, visits Calgary. The Flames lost 4-3 in a shootout to San Jose on Friday night. Colorado finishes a weekend in Southern California with a visit to Anaheim, where the Ducks lost 3-2 in overtime to Minnesota on Friday. The Avs fell 4-3 at Los Angeles on Saturday. Also, Boston completes a week in Western Canada with a rare visit to Edmonton.
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Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.

— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals