NHL Game Night 1/15: Avalanche at Lightning

Time to take the cap off the pen and start writing down some preliminary plans for next season.

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Karri Ramo stopped 22 of 24 shots faced in the loss as the Lightning wasted another quality start by the kid giving him no goal support.

What's worse than getting shutout by a has been like Jose Theodore? I can't think of many things. The Lightning did well to put 22 shots on Theodore in a futile third period comeback bid, but they did so after sleepwalking through the first two periods in which the Avs outshot the Lightning 21-10.

The math simply does not favor a Lightning playoff berth at this point, and by the time Dan Boyle returns in another two weeks there likely won't be anything to play for but jobs next season.

Mathieu Darche was even in 10:03 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.