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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers preview: Bolts hope to extend winning streak against Rangers

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Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers Game 11

Time: 7:30 pm Eastern Time

Location: Madison Square Garden

Broadcast/Streaming: NBCSN

Opponent SBNation Site: Blueshirt Banter


After playing three games at Amalie Arena, the Tampa Bay Lightning are heading to the New York area to face local teams. The first stop is at the Madison Square Garden.

The Lightning ended their first 10 games of the season with 5-3-2, given the complicated schedule and lots of road games it’s not optimal but an acceptable start. Overall the team look solid at 5v5 but special units remain at mediocre level. Another concern is an increased number of unnecessary penalty calls.

In Monday’s practice line combinations stayed the same as it was against the Nashville Predators, but power play units have been mixed up again. The biggest change is Brayden Point returning to the first unit.

Things are not going as expected for the New York Rangers. The team have been very active during the offseason, giving big contracts to such names as Artemi Panarin and Jacob Trouba and signing very promising prospects like Kaapo Kakko and Vitali Kravtsov. They have had a very fast start with two wins, but lost five out of six following games.

The second pick of the latest draft, Kakko, is still adapting to a professional level and Kravtsov, after being sent down to the AHL and spending couple of games on the bench, decided to use his European Assignment Clause and returned to the KHL. Things are getting even more complicated due to Mika Zibanejad injury, which happened in the last game against the Boston Bruins after a reverse hit by Patrice Bergeron. This could be a very big loss for the Rangers, as Zibanejad leads the team in points. Henrik Lundqvist has also left the game early. Both players are still listed as day-to-day, but the Rangers have recalled forward Filip Chytil and defenceman Ryan Lindgren. It also was announced that Alexandar Georgiev will play in the net against the Lightning.

Even after trading Vladislav Namestnikov, there are some familiar faces on the Rangers roster: former Lightning draft picks Brett Howden and Libor Hajek became regular players for the Rangers this season. It will be also first game against his previous team for Kevin Shattenkirk.

During the last season, the Rangers lost all three games to the Lightning. The last Rangers victory dates back to November 2, 2017, almost two years ago.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Forward Lines

Steven Stamkos - Tyler Johnson - Mathieu Joseph

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Yanni Gourde

Patrick Maroon - Cedric Paquette - Luke Witkowski

Scratched: Carter Verhaeghe

Defense Pairings

Victor Hedman - Erik Cernak

Ryan McDonagh - Kevin Shattenkirk

Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev

Scratched: Jan Rutta


Curtis McElhinney

Andrei Vasilevskiy

New York Rangers

Forward Lines

Artemi Panarin - Ryan Strome - Pavel Buchnevich

Chris Kreider- Filip Chytil - Kaapo Kakko

Brendan Lemieux - Brett Howden - Greg McKegg

Michael Haley - Lias Andersson - Brendan Smith

Defense Pairings

Brady Skjei - Anthony DeAngelo

Libor Hajek - Jacob Trouba

Marc Staal - Adam Fox


Alexandar Georgiev

Scratched: Ryan Lindgren

Injured: Mika Zibanejad, Henrik Lundqvist, Jesper Fast,