Calgary may be well-rested, but Tampa Bay's special teams should lead the Lightning to the Stanley Cup.
More depth up front and a slightly better unit on defense should lift the Flyers over the Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals.
Montreal may have a hot goalie, but Tampa Bay has too many weapons for the Canadiens.
Tampa Bay has more offensive talent, but this is not your typical No. 1 vs. No. 8 series.
Martin Havlat scored two goals in his first game back from a right shoulder injury, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 21 saves to lead the Blackhawks to a 5-1 victory over the Lightning on Wednesday night.
Blackhawks 5, Lightning 1
The dust has settled in Tampa Bay as the defending Cup champs signed Martin St. Louis for the long haul on Wednesday. The two sides settled on a six-year, $31.5 million deal.
The Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday exercised the 2004-05 contract option on goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, who backstopped the team to its first Stanley Cup earlier this month.
Angry about his team's loss in Game 5, Bolts center Tim Taylor is intent on spoiling the Flames' party plans.
If the Lightning fail to stop Jarom Iginla in Game 6, he will have an extra award to carry along with the Stanley Cup.
The Flames gave Oleg Saprykin a bigger role in Game 5. He paid them back with an overtime goal.
Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 24 shots, helping the Lightning defeat the Flyers 4-1 on Thursday night and take a 2-1 lead the Eastern Conference finals.
John Tortorella's team is up 3-1 on the Islanders, but he isn't assuming anything -- particularly closing out a series on home ice for the first time in Friday's Game 5.
Milan Hejduk beat Nikolai Khabibulin on a penalty shot 59 seconds into overtime as the Colorado Avalanche rallied for a thrilling 5-4 victory over the host Tampa Bay Lightning.
Carolina (14-18-9-2) at Tampa Bay (20-15-6-1) 7:00 pm EST
Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist as the Ottawa Senators defeated the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on Tuesday night to improve to 8-0-2 in their last 10 games.