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NHL Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning (10-7-5) at Arizona Coyotes (9-9-2)

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING NOTES:

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP

The Lightning and Coyotes are playing the first of two matchups this season and the only meeting at Mullett Arena…The Bolts posted a 1-0-1 record vs. ARI last season with a 5-3 win at home Dec. 31 and a 1-0 shootout loss on the road Feb. 15…Victor Hedman (0-3—3) led Tampa Bay in points and assists vs. ARI last season, while five separate skaters scored one goal to tie for the team lead…Steven Stamkos has found the scoresheet in six of his last seven games vs. ARI (5-5—10) and 15 of his 20 career contests vs. ARI (10-10—20)…Nikita Kucherov has recorded 10 points over his last 10 games vs. ARI (5-5—10)…Brayden Point has picked up points in in five of his last six contests vs. ARI (3-3—6)…Hedman has found the scoresheet in seven of his last 10 games vs. ARI (2-7—9)… Tampa Bay has scored three or more goals in six of their last seven contests vs. ARI…The Lightning penalty kill is 18-for-20 (90%)…The Bolts are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games at ARI and 6-3-1 in the last 10 meetings overall… Tampa Bay is 23-14-2 all-time vs. ARI, including a road record of 11-9-1…Vincent Lecavalier (9-12—21) holds the Lightning franchise records for career points and assists vs. ARI, while Stamkos (10-10—20) leads the way in goals.

INJURIES

PLAYER INJURY STATUS GAMES MISSED

Conor Sheary Upper-Body Out, 4-6 weeks 9

2023-24 Total Man Games Lost: 44

ARIZONA COYOTES NOTES:

3 HARD LAPS

• The Coyotes return to Mullett Arena to face Tampa Bay for their ninth home game of the season, where they are 4-4-0. The last time the Coyotes met the Lightning at Mullett Arena, Connor Ingram registered his first career shutout with 47 saves. • Lawson Crouse enters the game one goal short of the franchise record for most goals in a single November, a record held by former Jets Dale Hawerchuk and Andrew McBain. • With a point in tonight’s game, Matias Maccelli would set a new franchise record for most consecutive home games with a point to start a season at nine games

PACK FACTS

Clayton Keller (8-11-19) has recorded a point in all but five games this season where the Coyotes have recorded a goal. . Sean Durzi (5-7-12) is one of 12 defensemen with five or more goals scored. . Logan Cooley became the third-youngest Coyote (19y, 191d) to record three points in a game (Chychrun, 18y, 345d) in their win against Nashville. · Matias Maccelli (3-13-16) tied the ARI/WIN franchise record for most consecutive home games with a point to start a season (8 games), previously set by Igor Korolev in 1995-96. · Nick Schmaltz (5-10-15) is tied for second on the squad in points and assists and currently averages .80 P/GP. · Nick Bjugstad netted Arizona’s first empty net goal of the season last Saturday against Nashville, only three teams remain without an ENG. . Alex Kerfoot scored his first goal as a Coyote last Saturday in Nashville and carries the seventh longest active consecutive games played streak at 283 games. . Michael Carcone scored against St. Louis for his seventh goal of the season, good for third on the team. He has now surpassed his NHL goal total from the previous two years combined (6 G, 30 GP). . Troy Stecher scored his first goal as a Coyote in Nashville in his 73rd game with the team. . Lawson Crouse tied his career long five-game point streak earlier this month (10/24-11/4) and has scored all his team-leading ten goals in November. . Jason Zucker scored his third power play goal of the year against Dallas and is one of three players in the NHL with 13 or fewer GP and three PPG. . J.J. Moser (2-7-9) has registered a point in four out of his last seven games and now has the highest plus-minus on the team with +7. . Josh Brown lit the lamp for the first time this season against Chicago, and now sits one goal away from ten career NHL goals. . Karel Vejmelka recorded the first point of his NHL career against LAK, a secondary assist on a Sean Durzi goal. . Connor Ingram also recorded the first point of his career with a secondary assist in Nashville, making the Coyotes one of three teams (Ottawa and Vegas) with two goaltenders who have recorded a point this season. . The Coyotes are T-fifth in the NHL in goals scored in the first and second period with 49.

YOTES & LIGHTNING

-Tonight is the first of two ARI-TBL matchups this season. The Coyotes will head to Tampa Bay in January, in the middle of a three games in four days road trip. – Nick Bjugstad’s lone hat trick in his career came against Tampa Bay on 3/6/18. – Clayton Keller has scored at least one goal in six of his ten career games against the Lightning. – Connor Ingram’s first career shutout came against the Lightning on 2/15/23.

Coyotes franchise vs Lightning

• All-Time: 21-26-0

• Home: 12-13-0

• Road: 9-13-0

• L10: 4-6-0

• STRK: W1

INJURY UPDATE (total man games lost to injury: 34 games)

Travis Dermott – 8 (11/9-11/25) – Upper-Body

Jack McBain – 7 (11/11-11/25) – Lower-Body

Juuso Valimaki – 5 (11/16-11/25) – Upper-Body

Barrett Hayton – 4 (11/18-11/25) – Lower-Body

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