The struggles of goaltender Mathieu Garon and the Tampa Bay Lightning have contributed to them struggling to stay in the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.
Both, though, have looked like world-beaters against the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Lightning seek their fourth win in as many games versus their Southeast Division rivals Thursday night.
Garon has been uneven in four games since Anders Lindback suffered a sprained ankle, going 2-0-1 with a 2.91 goals-against average. He made 23 saves Tuesday and allowed the lone shootout goal in a 3-2 home loss to Florida.
Tampa Bay (15-18-2) enters this game six points behind Winnipeg for the division lead and in 14th place in the East.
"It's a tough one," forward Tom Pyatt said after the Lightning outshot the Panthers 41-25. "I thought we did a lot of good things out there and I thought we deserved better."
Garon and the Lightning have been plenty better against the Hurricanes (16-17-2), with the netminder notching three of his ...