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Tampa Bay Lightning at Vegas Golden Knights preview: Blake Coleman makes his Bolts debut tonight

Alec Martinez debuts for the Golden Knights as well.

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Tampa Bay Lightning at Vegas Golden Knights: GAME 61

Time: 10:00 pm Eastern Time

Location: T-Mobile Arena

Broadcast/Streaming: SN, ATTSN-RM, SUN

Opponent SBNation Site: Knights On Ice

Preview:

The Tampa Bay Lightning are 19-2-1 in 2020, which is laughably ridiculous. They set a new franchise record on Monday night against the Colorado Avalanche with their 11th straight win. Although the Bolts struggled to fend off the Avalanche attack at times (especially in the third period), they emerged victorious thanks to Nikita Kucherov’s breakaway overtime winner.

Tonight, Blake Coleman will make his season debut with the Bolts after being acquired from the New Jersey Devils over the weekend. According to line rushes yesterday in practice, it looks like he will start on Tampa Bay’s third line with Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde. We’ve heard a lot of things about how he’s great defensively, so it will be interesting to see what kind of impact he can have with the Bolts tonight.

Meanwhile, Vegas also last played on Monday, a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals. Tonight is their fourth of a five game home stand, and they are currently undefeated since it began. The Golden Knights sit second in the very tight Pacific Division, just one point back of first, so not only are they also on a win streak, but they will be hungry for a win tonight. The Golden Knights also have a new acquisition making his Vegas debut tonight — Alec Martinez was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings and will likely slot in on the third pair for Vegas.

Brayden Point wasn’t at yesterday’s practice because of a ‘rest day’, but he should play tonight. Braydon Coburn missed Monday’s game against Colorado with an injury, but Jon Cooper was optimistic that the veteran defenseman would be able to return tonight. If Coburn is unable to go, Cameron Gaunce will draw in again, like he did on Monday. Curtis McElhinney got the surprise start against Colorado, but we should see Andrei Vasilevskiy back between the pipes tonight.

The Bolts won the first meeting of the season a little over two weeks ago, so they will go for the season sweep over Vegas and their 12th straight win tonight. Get your coffee ready, Bolts fans. It may be a late start for those of us on the east coast, but it should be another great game.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Forwards

Steven Stamkos - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat - Anthony Cirelli - Alex Killorn

Blake Coleman - Tyler Johnson - Yanni Gourde

Patrick Maroon - Cedric Paquette - Carter Verhaeghe

Mitchell Stephens

Defense Pairs

Victor Hedman - Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk

Braydon Coburn - Luke Schenn

Cameron Gaunce

Injured: Ryan McDonagh, Jan Rutta

Goalies

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Vegas Golden Knights

Forwards

Jonathan Marchessault - Paul Stastny - Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty - William Karlsson - Mark Stone

Chandler Stephenson - Cody Eakin - Cody Glass

Will Carrier - Tomas Nosek - Ryan Reaves

Injured: Alex Tuch

Defense Pairs

Brayden McNabb - Nate Schmidt

Nick Holden - Shea Theodore

Jon Merrill - Alec Martinez

Zach Whitecloud

Injured: Deryk Engelland

Goalies

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban