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February 10, 2015 - Finding Carter

Jon Cooper questioned either his organisation was among a best in a NHL following a initial home detriment in scarcely dual months. The Tampa Bay Lightning answered him with an considerable win over one of a tip clubs in a league.

The Lightning can serve remonstrate their manager when they revisit a NHL-leading Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

Tampa Bay (34-16-5) had won a team-record 10 true during home before descending 4-2 to Los Angeles on Saturday, call Cooper to inspect his team’s status.

“Are we anticipating that we’re in that chosen group, or are we still on a outward looking in?” he told a Lightning’s central website.

The Lightning responded a subsequent day, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after 20 mins and going on to a 5-3 home feat over Anaheim, that owned a NHL’s best record before to a loss.

Nikita Kucherov scored his 20th idea and third in 3 games, Brian Boyle had dual goals and Valtteri Filppula finished with 3 points.

“To spin that around 24 hours later, generally opposite a organisation that was watchful for us in a possess city joined with a fact they’re a No. 1 indicate organisation in a league, that’s a large bid by a boys,” Cooper said. “I don’t know if proud’s a large adequate word. Everybody showed up.”

The Lightning will face a joining personality for a second true game, as Nashville (35-12-6) kick Florida 3-2 in a shootout Sunday to pierce one indicate adult on a Ducks.

Filip Forsberg scored a restraining idea with 4:43 left in law and combined a leader in a tiebreaker. He leads all rookies with 18 goals and 30 assists and has available 6 points in his final 5 games.

“Filip was terrific. He’s been that approach all year,” manager Peter Laviolette said. “He’s put adult a lot of points and played a lot of large mins and put in large situations like he was tonight and he delivered.”

Pekka Rinne got Sunday off in preference of Carter Hutton with a Predators personification a second of back-to-back games, and Rinne’s approaching to lapse to a net Tuesday.

He’ll face a plea in Steven Stamkos (50 points), Tyler Johnson (52) and a Tampa Bay bar that leads a joining with 3.22 non-shootout goals per game. Johnson has scored 13 of his 19 goals on a road.

Tampa Bay ranks in a top half of a NHL with 2.56 goals authorised per game, though that array rises to 3.11 on a road. The Lightning have forsaken 4 of 5 divided from home, permitting 20 goals in that span.

“I feel like we’ve been personification good during home for a many part, and a highway has been a onslaught a small bit,” Filppula said. “Hopefully we can get some points on a highway now.”

They’ll be perplexing to do that Tuesday opposite a best home organisation in a league. Nashville is 21-3-1 during Bridgestone Arena and has won 10 of 11 there. The Predators have taken a final 3 home matchups in this series.

They’ve won 4 of 5 overall.

Nashville scored 3 power-play goals opposite Ben Bishop in a 3-2 win over a Lightning on Feb. 27. The Predators have taken 4 of a past 5 sum meetings.

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