Lots of eyes are on the Tampa Bay Lightning these days to see what might transpire with the club that is, as of Monday, one point out of the Eastern Conference basement.

After starting the season 6-1-0, they have gone 4-13-1.

But general manager Steve Yzerman remains hopeful his club can work its way back into playoff contention. It’s not panic time in Tampa.

"We’ve kind of got past the toughest part of our schedule -- not with the results we’d like -- but we've gotten through the hardest part," Yzerman told ESPN.com Monday.

"We don’t have many back-to-backs coming up, we’re playing rested, we’re playing several home games, and we’re playing divisional opponents and other teams that we’re competing for a playoff spot with. In some respect, if we win our games, we can get right back in it."

Yzerman is working the phones, but as demonstrated by the lack of trade activity around the league, it’s easier said than done to get something that makes sense.

"To sit here and say, 'I’m going to do something big,' there’s nothing big that can be done at this time," Yzerman said. "It’s not like we just sit here and do nothing all day. You talk to people, you see if there’s anything that makes sense. For a lot of reasons it’s difficult to find a fit, to find the right players, the right salaries to make a trade. You don’t just do something to do it."