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Tuesday, January 7th (All times Eastern)
Tampa Bay Lightning (25-13-4) at Winnipeg Jets (19-21-5), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Lightning may be without their No. 1 goaltender on Tuesday night when they conclude a four-game road trip versus the Winnipeg Jets.
The Lightning picked up a win in the first two stops of this swing through Western Canada, downing the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames. Tampa Bay, though, lost a 5-3 decision and starting goaltender Ben Bishop to injury in Edmonton on Sunday.
Bishop yielded a goal on the only shot he faced before getting lifted just 4:18 into the game with an upper-body injury. Anders Lindback yielded four goals on 25 shots in relief.
Bishop has been a huge boost to a Lightning club that has been without star winger Steven Stamkos since mid-November due to a broken right tibia. The netminder, who is day-to-day, is among the league leaders with a 22-5-3 record, 1.86 goals against average, .935 save percentage and four shutouts in 32 starts.
Valtteri Filppula, Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov each had a goal for Tampa Bay, which had won five straight on the road. Matt Carle notched two assists.
"It was a little disappointing how we came out. It is a tough league and takes a lot of energy to come back. I thought we had ample chances," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper.
Ondrej Palat had an assist to give him two goals and five helpers over a six- game point streak, while Hedman extended a career high with his eighth goal of the season. The second overall pick of the 2009 draft is also just four points shy of the personal-best 26 he posted during his second NHL season in 2010-11.
If Lindback gets the start tonight, it would be his second appearance versus the Jets this season. He stopped 34 shots in a 2-1 overtime home setback to Winnipeg back on Dec. 7, falling to 1-1-2 with a 2.49 GAA in his career versus the franchise.
Winnipeg got the win thanks to Mark Scheifele's tally 1:04 into overtime and Al Montoya came up with 28 saves in the Jets' fourth straight win over the Lightning.
The Jets are 7-1-2 in their last 10 meetings with the Bolts overall and have come 4-0-1 at home in this series since relocating to Winnipeg ahead of the 2011-12 season.
Following a winless three-game road trip, Winnipeg returns home looking to avoid a fourth straight loss. The Jets capped their swing with a 6-5 setback to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.
Evander Kane potted a pair of goals and added an assist, while Scheifele, Jacob Trouba and Blake Wheeler each lit the lamp once as the Jets lost their 13th straight in Pittsburgh.
"Every time we come in here, it's the same," Winnipeg head coach Claude Noel said of the lengthy losing skid in Pittsburgh. "And they gave us five goals, so it's not like they were putting on a clinic."
Montoya allowed all six goals on 39 shots in defeat and that rough outing could lead to Noel giving Ondrej Pavelec the start tonight.
Pavelec is 7-5-6 with a 2.92 GAA in his career versus the Lightning.
01/07 11:02:37 ET