Lightning face Rangers in what is suddenly a very important game

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 8: Steven Stamkos
TAMPA, FL - MARCH 8: Steven Stamkos /

The Tampa Bay Lightning will play the New York Rangers on Friday evening after a loss to the Boston Bruins and the coinciding loss of their long-held No. 1 seed in the East.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, coming off a loss to the Boston Bruins last night, will travel down the eastern coastline to New York today to face the struggling New York Rangers. Several weeks ago, the Lightning probably didn’t have this game marked on the calendar, but as they go through a slight slide, Friday’s game has become as important as any.

The Lightning currently sit in the Atlantic Division’s second position with 106 points. The Rangers (75 points) have long been eliminated from the playoffs but would love to play spoiler to a fellow Eastern Conference team on Friday.

Here’s how to watch the game:

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers

Date: Friday, March 30

Location: Madison Square Garden, New York

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET


Live Stream: Fubo.TV

The Lightning are having a tough time as of late. There is no reason to panic yet, but the Lightning have dropped their last three games and lost the first seed in the Atlantic (and the East) to the Boston Bruins. They’ve won five of their last ten and they would love for the bleeding to stop tonight. From here on out, every game matters for the Lightning.

The New York Rangers are in a battle for last place in the Metropolitan Division with the neighboring New York Islanders. They no longer have anything to play for at this point besides spoiling playoff teams’ records. On Friday, they’ll be torn between choosing which former star player they would like to help — Ryan McDonagh of the Lightning or Rick Nash of the Bruins.

A Lightning win would put them back on top of the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference for the time being; however, the Bruins still have a game in hand.

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The Rangers likely won’t go down easy in this one as the Lightning will be desperate to get back in the win column. Most importantly, we hope all of the players try hard and have fun.