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Tom Jones’ takeaways from the Lightning-Predators game

Flirting with disaster, Ondrej Palat's value, first-round feeling.
The Predators gather together after scoring the first goal of the game against the Lightning. (DIRK SHADD   |   Times)
The Predators gather together after scoring the first goal of the game against the Lightning. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Published Apr. 2, 2018

 1. The Lightning keeps flirting with disaster by falling behind early in games. For the fifth straight game, it allowed the first goal Sunday. No matter what team you're playing, that's a recipe for disaster. But when you get into the playoffs, constantly coming from behind is a recipe for early elimination.

2. Forward Ondrej Palat is starting to get back into form after missing 26 games with a lower-body injury. You don't realize how valuable he is until he's not there. He scored his 10th goal of the season and his second in seven games since his return.

3. It's starting to feel more and more like the Lightning will play the Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs. Nothing is official, but hockey people would love such a matchup between a marquee team the Leafs and a team of stars like the Lightning.

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