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What To Watch For: Bolts at Rangers

by Michelle Gingras / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning will wrap up their three game road trip tonight against the New York Rangers. Despite dropping last night's contest to the Blue Jackets, the Lightning have won seven of their last nine road games and will look to snap the Rangers three game win streak as they face them at Madison Square Garden for the final time this season. Puck drops at 7:00 PM and you can follow all of the action on Sun Sports.

Here are some storylines to follow heading into tonight's matchup.

  1. Ben Bishop shut out the Rangers when they faced the Bolts on Nov. 25 in Tampa Bay. The Lightning goalie amassed 37 saves to get the win and currently owns a 4-0-0 all-time record versus the Blue Shirts.
  2. The Bolts will hope to avoid a little dose of Déjà vu from the Rangers in the second game of back-to-back play tonight. The New York Rangers are the only team this season to defeat the Bolts in the second half of back-to-back tilts. The Bolts boast a record of 4-1-1 in back-to-back scenarios.
  3. Tyler Johnson enters tonight's contest on a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists). The rookie has tallied at least a point in eight of his past 10 games and currently ranks third for points among rookies in the NHL.
  4. Lightning captain Marty St. Louis continues to climb the charts on the NHL all-time points list. On Monday he tied Patrick Elias for 88th in NHL history with 955 career points. He is just five assists shy of 600 in his NHL career.
  5. Teddy Purcell has recorded two goals and three assists against the Rangers in their two previous meetings this season.
  6. The Lightning's 10 road games in January is the most of any month in the 2013-14 season. The Bolts will play five games this week alone making this the first time since the 1995-96 season that the Bolts played five games in seven days.
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