Time: 7:00 pm Eastern Time
Location: Amalie Arena
Broadcast/Streaming: Fox Sports Sun
Opponent SBNation Site: Blueshirt Banter
The Lightning successfully completed their trip to Sweden with two wins over the Buffalo Sabres. Surprisingly, it’s just the second time this season they’ve posted two-games winning streak. Hopefully, the NHL Global Series games gave them a very much needed emotional reset.
After playing three games with the Bolts, Alex Volkov was sent down to Syracuse. His play wasn’t awful, but he probably didn’t bring as much impact as coaching stuff expected, despite playing on the top line with Steven Stamkos. No one has been recalled yet, so that means Carter Verhaeghe is back into lineup. He last played two weeks ago against the New Jersey Devils.
According to the lines from this morning’s practice, the fourth line, which played very well in Sweden, will stay together. Verhaeghe gets the chance to skate on the second line with Stamkos and Ondrej Palat while Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov will anchor the top line. On defense, Luke Schenn remains in the lineup with Braydon Coburn and Jan Rutta scratched.
#Bolts morning skate lines and D-pairings #NYRvsTBL:— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) November 14, 2019
Meanwhile, the New York Rangers seem like they found their game. They are 6-2-2 in the last ten games, currently tied with the Lightning in points, although they played one more game. Filip Chytil has been a good second center since his recall, scoring four goals in seven games and making everyone wonder why he was sent down to the AHL in the first place. Artemi Panarin is producing more than a point per game, proving that he deserves his giant contract. Kaapo Kakko is starting to look like an NHL player, scoring two goals in the last games, though some of his more advanced numbers still don’t look good. Mika Zibanejad is still missing due to injury. However that hasn’t affected their scoring much, as they scored 17 goals in the last fourth games.
It’s the teams’ second meeting this season. The Lightning have been outplayed by the Rangers last time through some injuries. Since that game, the Bolts started to look better. Their power play percentage is slowly moving up and it will be very interesting to see what a healthy and more confident Bolts will do against the Rangers.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tyler Johnson - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat - Steven Stamkos - Carter Verhaeghe
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Mathieu Joseph
Patrick Maroon - Cedric Paquette - Yanni Gourde
Victor Hedman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Luke Schenn
Scratched: Jan Rutta, Braydon Coburn
New York Rangers
Artemi Panarin - Ryan Strome - Jesper Fast
Chris Kreider- Filip Chytil - Pavel Buchnevich
Brendan Lemieux - Brett Howden - Kaapo Kakko
Greg McKegg - Lias Andersson - Brendan Smith
Libor Hajek - Jacob Trouba
Brady Skjei - Anthony DeAngelo
Ryan Lindgren - Adam Fox
Injured: Mika Zibanejad, Marc Staal