Center Brian Boyle put a sobering spin on one of the Lightning’s best stretches of the season.
‘”We’re winning just to stay where we’re at,” he said.
And Tampa Bay’s unlikely climb into a playoff spot only gets more daunting.
Despite winning three of its last four games, the Lightning (25-24-7) remains six points out of the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference â?? seven points behind Boston for third in the Atlantic Division (with two games in hand).
Five teams separate Tampa Bay and the last wild card. Most have an easier path to the playoffs, according to a Times schedule analysis.
Starting this weekend, the Lightning will have five sets of back-to-back games on the road, more than any wild-card contender. The Hurricanes and Devils have zero. Toronto and Carolina have one. The Lightning’s six remaining back-to-backs are second …
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