It's been four years since the Tampa Bay Lightning
have been to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They can end that drought on Thursday night by beating the team they could potentially see in the opening round.
The Lightning can become the fifth team Eastern Conference team to punch its ticket for the playoffs by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins
at the St. Pete Times Forum in one of 10 games on Thursday's schedule. The Bolts, fifth in the East, moved closer to clinching a playoff berth when they beat Ottawa 5-2 on Tuesday, the same night the fourth-place Penguins lost 5-2 at home to Philadelphia.
The game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET, as does Ottawa's visit to the Florida Panthers
Thursday's action gets under way a half-hour earlier with four games.