Good luck finding anybody in the Lightning organization to admit what the rest of the season is about at this point, but you don't have to be a soothsayer to see the signs.

Of course Tampa Bay wants to win, and it wants to win every game, every night.

And yes, with 20 games remaining, the Lightning still have a shot at making the playoffs.

But it's not very realistic.

Let's face it, Tampa Bay would need to win 14 to 16 games from here on out to put themselves in the conversation. Not an easy task by any means. Not impossible, but let's be honest, the chances are remote.

That doesn't mean the players or coaching staff will mail it in.