Time: 8:00 pm Eastern Time
Location: Enterprise Center
Broadcast/Streaming: Fox Sports Sun
Opponent SBNation Site: St. Louis Game Time
The Tampa Bay Lightning are heading on a short road trip to face two teams from Central Division. The first stop is in St. Louis, against the defending Stanley Cup winning St. Louis Blues. The two teams will meet twice during the upcoming eight days,. On November 27th, the Blues are coming to Amalie Arena. The Lightning are still waiting for their first win of the season over a team from Western Conference. They’ve already lost to Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators and recently the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night.
The Bolts couldn’t continue the winning streak that started in Sweden, but played a solid game against the Jets (despite a poor first ten minutes), which was ruined because of very questionable coach’s challenge in the second period and Connor Hellebuyck who made 31 saves during that game. As of now, the Lightning are the sixth in the Atlantic Division, but have played three less games that most of their opponents.
The Blues have slowed down a little bit recently. They’ve lost their last three games, although they still earned two points during that span. The team still remains in the top group of teams in the NHL with 29 points after 21 games. Vladimir Tarasenko has been placed on LTIR due to shoulder injury and will miss approximately five months. In his absence, Brayden Schenn and David Perron have been very productive with almost a point-per-game rate. Alex Pietrangelo has also had a pretty good start of the season and even deserves to be mentioned in the early Norris Trophy conversations.
It will also be the first time Pat Maroon will play against his former team with which he won the Stanley Cup in June. Kevin Shattenkirk is another Lightning player with some history in St. Louis as he played for the Blues from 2010 until 2017.
With Steven Stamkos reaching his 400th goal mark, we will keep an eye on Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is one victory away from setting the franchise record for most wins by a goaltender in Lightning jersey.
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
St. Louis Blues
Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Tyler Bozak
Sammy Blais - Ryan O’Reilly - David Perron
Zach Sanford - Robert Thomas - Oskar Sundqvist
Mackenzie MacEachern - Ivan Barbashev - Klim Kostin
Colton Parayko - Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester - Justin Faulk
Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo