Lightning Playoff Hopes Fade, Frustrating Loss To Arizona

Lightning Playoff Hopes Take Huge Hit

The Lightning held a 3-2 lead at the second intermission but allowed three goals in the final period suffering a crushing blow to their playoff hopes. The Lighting were 23-2-1 when leading after two periods. Arizona was just 5-28-1 when trailing after two.

Christian Fischer, Christian Dvorak, Oliver Eckman-Larsson, Radim Vrbata, and Connor Murphy scored for the Coytes who defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3.

Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, and Valdislav Namestnikov scored for the Lightning who watch their hopes of a playoff berth fade away.

It marks the second loss to the Coyotes, who improve to 27-37-9 on the season. The Lightning fall to 34-29-9 (77-points). With 10-games remaining they are four points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs (who have 11 games remaining) for the final wild card. They are also a point behind the New York Islanders (who also have 11-games remaining).

Lightning Playoff Odds:

According the the web-site sportsclubstats.com the Lightning entered Tuesday night’s action with a 18.7-percent chance of making the playoffs. Those odds will shrink approximately 6.8-percent after Tuesday night’s action.

  • Tampa Bay Lightning  5-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes (-9.1-percent)
  • Boston Bruins 3-2 Loss To Ottawa Senators  (+2.3-percent)

Entering tonight’s game against the Capitals, thehckeynews.com gave the Lightning a 22-percent chance at the postseason.

Upcoming Games Of Note:

The New York Islanders head to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night to take on the New York Rangers and will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins on Friday night.

The Toronto Maple Leafs head to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets on Wednesday night and play the back half of back-to-back contests hosting the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

On Thursday night, the Bolts head to Boston to take on the Bruins before heading to Detroit to take on the Red Wings on Friday night.

Lightning Notes:

Tampa Bay Lightning
AP Photo: Chris O’Meara

Victor Hedman scored the Lightning’s first goal. It was his 15th goal of the season and tied the game at 1-1.  It was his 64th career goal putting him two goals from tying Dan Boyle for second on the Bolts All-Time Scoring List for Defenseman.

Nikita Kucherov picked up an assist on Hedman’s goal and later tied the game at 2-2 with his 34th goal of the season. Since February 21st, he has recorded 13 goals and 11 assists (13 games) and leads the NHL in scoring with 24-points (13-goals/11-assists) in that span.

Ondrej Palat picked up an assist on Kucherov’s goal. It was his sixth point in his last seven games (goal, 5-assists).

Vladislav Namestnikov returned to the lineup and scored the Bolt’s third goal. He had missed the last three games and four of the last five with a lower body injury.

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