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Crossing The NHL's Atlantic Division: Week 16

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Tampa Bay Lightning

By Tasha Meares

This is certainly a busy week for the Tampa Bay Lightning. We have five games on the schedule this week.

We started out the week on a back-to-back. Unfortunately, we dropped the first of those two games to Nathan Horton and the Columbus Blue Jackets, but with the addition of Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop back to the roster, we were able to overcome on Tuesday night against Ryan Callahan and the New York Rangers.

We’ll get one day off to rest, and then it is back at it. The Lightning will take on John Tavares and the New York Islanders on Thursday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Then, we head right back into yet another back-to-back. We will start off our weekend at home against former Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle and the San Jose Sharks. Then, it will be off to the PNC Arena to face off with Eric Staal and the Carolina Hurricanes.

Certainly, this is a lot of hockey to be played within seven days, but if anyone can do it, it is the Tampa Bay Lightning.

With our win in New York on Tuesday, we are now tied with the Boston Bruins for the lead in the Atlantic Division; however, these are volatile times in the NHL, and there’s surely going to be plenty of surprises as we move towards February and the Olympic break.

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