If Tampa Bay Lightning want to win the second consecutive Stanley Cup, they must be wary of their main Central Division rivals, starting with the Nashville Predators and sending them a tough message on Tuesday.
The Florida team lost 7-2 to Prides at Bridgestone Arena, and they could see better in the playoffs. Also, they are doing well in the playoff race: with 49 points, Nashville are fourth in the division and extend its season by continuing the pace.
Now, even though the opponent is in fine form today with 11 wins in 13 games, this is not the right reason to leave for an evening in the eyes of lightning, the result is rarely accepted and most importantly, how to lose.
“It’s a complete disgrace,” defenseman Ryan McDonagh told The Athletic, who was disappointed with his team’s effort. It was one of the worst shows I ‘ve seen since I’ve been here [avant la date limite des transactions 2018]. […] If we want to get back to the goal level, we have to work hard enough and play in a synchronized way. And at least start with a good try. It’s not even close. ”
“I do not care who is the goalkeeper in front of our net: we can bring back Patrick Roy, Martin Brodyur or Dominic Hussein.
Failed for the first time
For his part, “Bolts” did not have a good night for the first time with David Saward’s new acquisition club. He ended up with a differential of -4, spending over 19 minutes on the ice. However, playing at the blue line with Quebecker Victor Headman, he was torn as a whole team. In addition, the record of -23 for the entire campaign indicates a stain on Saward’s file.
It remains to be seen whether Lightning will recover quickly, as its subsequent rivals are also doing very well. True, the Florida Panthers, who face them on Thursday, have the same number of points (58) as him, though they have played more games. Fighting hard to top the division dominated by the Carolina Hurricanes with 58 points, but in just 41 games.