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What to Watch For: Lightning at Oilers

by Michelle Gingras / Tampa Bay Lightning

Through 41 games, the Bolts boast the best record in franchise history through half the season with 54 points thus far. The Lightning start the second half of the season in Edmonton tonight, with the puck dropping at 8 pm. Watch on SunSports or RDS2.

Mark Barberio ranks second among rookie defensemen in the NHL with a +11 rating.

Here are eight more storylines to watch for tonight.

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning is looking to win it's sixth straight victory on the road tonight, which would tie the franchise's longest streak since the 2007-08 season.
  • Also at the halfway point in the season, Tampa Bay currently owns a record of 10-3-2 against western conference opponents. The mark of 10 victories against the Western Conference ranks first in the Eastern Conference.
  • Tonight the Bolts will look to sweep the Edmonton Oilers as they face them for the final time this season. The last time the two clubs met Ben Bishop amassed 38 saves as the Bolts clenched a 4-2 victory over the Oilers in Tampa Bay.
  • The Lightning recorded their fourth shutout victory of the year on Friday. The team only recorded three shutout wins total over the past two seasons combined.
  • Heading into tonight's matchup the Tampa Bay Lightning rank first in the NHL for rookie points with 88 with three Bolts rookies ranking in the top 25 for NHL rookie scoring.
  • Rookie Tyler Johnson also leads all rookie forwards in average ice time with 18:11 per game
  • Lightning rookie Mark Barberio continues to quietly take care of business on the ice with assists in back-to-back games. He also ranks second among rookie defensemen in the NHL with a +11 rating.
  • Marty St. Louis is just two points below (950) former Lightning Head Coach Rick Tocchet (952) on the NHL's all-time point list.
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