Tampa Bay Lightning Continue Their Search for Consistency

December 16th, 2010 by JC De La Torre Leave a reply »
After 31 games, the Tampa Bay Lightning find themselves hot on the heels of the Southeast division leading Washington Capitals, only two points down with two games in hand.

Tampa Bay has weathered a schedule of 19 road games, that included a stretch of nine-of-11 on the road and two West Coast road trips.

The Lightning have also had to overcome injuries to key contributors Vincent Lecavalier, Simon Gagne and Steve Downie.

While Tampa Bay's 17-10-4 record is a testament to the determination of their young hockey club, the Lightning are still looking for the consistency that you expect from a Cup contender.

Whether it's a product of the schedule, injuries or a combination, Tampa Bay is the only team among the Eastern Conference top eight that has given up more goals (107) than they've scored (96).

Last night, Tampa Bay surrendered a league worst seventh shorthanded goal and they find themselves near the bottom in goals against.

Goaltenders Dan Ellis and Mike Smith each have shown flashes of brilliance and maddening inconsistency. Rumors had GM Steve Yzerman talking with former San Jose Shark All-Star goaltender E ...

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