Time: 7:00 pm Eastern Time
Location: Amalie Arena
Broadcast/Streaming: SUN, ATTSN-RM, TVAS
Opponent SBNation Site: Knights On Ice
The Tampa Bay Lightning return to Amalie Arena tonight having swept the California road trip and look to open up their three game homestand with a win over Vegas tonight.
Although they were outshot by two of the Californian teams last week, the Lightning remained resilient and opportunistic. Steven Stamkos extended his point streak to seven games against San Jose and now has six goals and six assists in that stretch.
Meanwhile, Vegas won their last two games as well, in a back-to-back situation against Carolina and Nashville. Despite missing two of their top forwards due to injury (William Karlsson and Cody Glass), they’ve continued to roll and are one of the top possession teams in the entire NHL.
While the Atlantic Division is more spread out in terms of teams and points, the Pacific couldn’t be tighter. Three points separate second place in the division with the second wildcard spot (and both West wildcards are currently held by Pacific teams). As well as they’ve played lately, the Golden Knights desperately need points if they want to keep pace with the other teams in their division.
Tampa has widened their lead on second place in the Atlantic with their sweep of California — they sit six points up on Toronto. But they’re still five points back of Boston and they’re running out of games in hand. Still, their success out on the west coast was encouraging, and hopefully they can build off of that when the puck drops tonight.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Steven Stamkos - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat - Anthony Cirelli - Tyler Johnson
Alex Killorn - Cedric Paquette - Patrick Maroon
Carter Verhaeghe - Mitchell Stephens - Yanni Gourde
Victor Hedman - Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk
Scratches: Braydon Coburn, Luke Schenn
Vegas Golden Knights
Jonathan Marchessault - Paul Stastny - Reilly Smith
Max Pacioretty - Chandler Stephenson - Mark Stone
Will Carrier - Cody Eakin - Alex Tuch
Tomas Nosek - Nicolas Roy - Ryan Reaves
Injuries: Cody Glass, William Karlsson
Brayden McNabb - Nate Schmidt
Nick Holden - Shea Theodore
Jon Merrill - Zach Whitecloud