The Tampa Bay Lightning are coming off of a 4-2 overtime loss to the New York Islanders and the Lightning have lost four straight games in Tampa.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that the Lightning could face the Boston Bruins in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“I’m just happy with our chances,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said on Thursday.
“I think we’re just going to have to go out and do what we do best.
That’s going to be hard, but that’s the way the game is.”
It appears the Lightning will need to find a way to keep the puck in the offensive zone, where the Bruins are 6-for-15 on the power play.
“[Boston] is a really good team,” Cooper said.
“They’re a physical team.
They’ve got some good guys.
We’ll have to be able to defend a lot of good players.
They’re a good team.
So it’ll be interesting to see how we handle it.”
Boston’s captain and leading scorer Ryan Spooner, who had two assists and three shots, has had trouble finding the back of the net for the Lightning this season.
With the Lightning losing four of their last five games, Cooper is not looking to take anything for granted.
Despite their recent struggles, the Lightning are still in the playoff hunt.
They currently have an 8-2-1 record and are on pace to win the Stanley Trophy for the first time in franchise history.
Cooper is hopeful that the team can be more consistent and continue to win games despite losing the Stanley.
As the Lightning continue to improve in this series, Cooper will look to find ways to bring the team closer together, including by playing some more penalty killing.
It is unclear what will happen in the first round of this series.
[H/T: Tampa Bay Tribune]