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Chicago Blackhawks look to end Lightning’s dominance against them

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against Victor Hedman #77 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during Game Six of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against Victor Hedman #77 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during Game Six of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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The last time the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning was in 2015.   Since then, the Lightning has beaten them eight straight times.

On October 24th, 2015, the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Lighting 1-0 in overtime. That was the last time the Blackhawks beat the Lightning. The Blackhawks haven’t actually beaten the Lightning on the road during the regular season since 2009.

It’s not all bad though, the Blackhawks did win their sixth Stanley Cup against them in 2015. That series was a fast, hard-hitting, fun series for the Blackhawks. It’s also the last time they’ve won a playoff series.

Coming into this game, both teams are on a losing streak. The Blackhawks have lost two straight, as the Lightning has lost three straight. Tampa is without their captain Steven Stamkos tonight. He suffered an injury on Tuesday against the Maple Leafs.

Before their loss on Tuesday, Tampa was on an 11 game winning streak on home ice. That’s something they’ll try to restart tonight against the Blackhawks.

Not only have the Blackhawks struggled against the Lightning since 2015, but they’ve also struggled to win on the road since the NHL All-Star break. They have just two wins in their last nine road games.

If the Blackhawks come out and play as well as they did in the first period against the Blues, they’ll have a shot. If they come out flat, the Lightning will run right over them.

Many of the players on the team still believe in their playoff hopes. As they’re just eight points out, they’ll have to start winning now. Even if the teams ahead of them keep losing, they’ll eventually run out of time because they keep losing.

With all eyes on next season for most fans, let’s see if the Blackhawks can turn some eyes back on the 2020 season.

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