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Things get a little tougher for the Lightning in December as they have matchups with eastern conference contenders New York, Montreal, and Washington. Things do not get much easier after the start of the New Year. On January 21st, the Lightning start another tough stretch with another rematch with the Chicago Blackhawks. Luckily for Tampa Bay, things slow down again in March when they face most of their weaker competition. The Tampa Bay Lightning schedule is challenging overall. They have many stretches of games where they face top competition game in and game out. They do have a couple of easier stretches that they will have to take advantage, but overall it is no cake walk. Coming down the last stretch of the season, Tampa Bay will have two important games against the Rangers and the Canadiens. Last regular season, the Lightning came up just two and five points short of each of these teams in the standings, so they may have a lot to play for in their final three contests. It will be vital for Tampa Bay to perform better on the road in 2015-2016 as they struggled last season, just barely staying over the .500 mark. The home-road record was a major contrast and something they must improve on. Tampa Bay will be back in the mix for the Stanley Cup next season, but they will have to avoid long losing streaks throughout a difficult schedule.
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