COYOTES (29-24-11) vs. LIGHTNING (34-24-6)
Phoenix 4-5-1; Tampa Bay 3-6-1
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The Coyotes make their lone visit to the Tampa Bay Times Forum and first meeting since the two clubs faced-off at Jobing.com Arena in Phoenix back in November. The Lightning look to salvage a win and split the series at one game apiece tonight after losing the first meeting, 6-3, in a game where the Bolts were never able to overcome a three-goal Coyotes' lead.
Losing five out of their last six tilts since re-opening the season on February 27, the Lightning look to turn the corner in the middle game of a six-game homestand. Of the Bolts last 18 games remaining on their regular season schedule, 12 will be played at home.
LIGHTNING – Saturday displayed another case of Tampa Bay's inability to hold onto a two-goal lead as the Boston Bruins fought their way back from a 2-0 and 3-2 deficit to rally past the Lightning in the seventh round of a shootout. Though beginning the game with extensive time in the offensive zone and killing-off penalties when they needed, the Bolts were noticeably tired by the third.
"We were a little bit one-and-done in our rushes, instead of keeping a little zone time as we were in the first two periods," head coach Jon Cooper said.
Salvaging a point left the Lightning hanging on to the positives however. Their next goal moving forward, to turn it to two and add a "W" in the win column, something they have not been able to do since March 1.
COYOTES – It seems that Phoenix had a case of the Lightning Saturday when a 2-0 lead vanished with two Capitals' tallies 32 seconds apart midway through the third period. Less than five minutes after the Caps' surge, the Coyotes were on the losing side of things when Troy Brouwer took advantage of a power play and scored the game-winning goal with 5:13 remaining in the game.
It was a disappointing way to begin their Eastern Conference road swing as they hoped to build on a two-game wining streak over their past two in Phoenix.
The Coyotes continue to sit on the outside of the playoff picture in the Western Conference being three points shy of the Dallas Stars, who hold the final Wild Card spot.
The Bolts penalty kill unit hasn't allowed a goal on the man advantage in each of their past five home games. Ondrej Palat tallied a shorthanded goal, his second of the season, and an assist Saturday for his 10th multi-point game of the season, while fellow rookie Tyler Johnson enters Monday's contest on a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist).
3/9 – Agreed to terms with free agent forward Yanni Gourde
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