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NHL Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning (32-15-1) at Florida Panthers (24-22-6)


Lightning 5 vs. Los Angeles 2
The Tampa Bay Lightning skated to a franchise record 12th-straight win on home ice with a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings Jan. 28 at AMALIE Arena…The Lightning improved to 32-15-1 this season with a home record of 20-4-1…Brayden Point opened the scoring 5:02 into the first period after Nikita Kucherov jumped on a loose puck behind the LAK net and sent a pass to the slot where Point scored his 29th goal of the season…Pierre-Edouard Bellemare doubled Tampa Bay’s lead just 1:19 later after Nick Perbix pinched up the right boards and intercepted a breakout pass before feeding sending a pass to the high slot for Bellemare, who leaned into a wrist shot and buried his third goal of the year…Jaret Anderson-Dolan made it a 2-1 game when he scored LAK’s first goal at the 10:12 mark of the first period…Corey Perry restored the Lightning’s two-goal lead 5:45 later when he jumped on a rebound in front off a point shot from Perbix and scored his ninth goal of the season to make it a 3-1 game with Vladislav Namestnikov picking up the secondary assist…With 4:40 remaining in the second period, Ross Colton jumped on another rebound off a point shot from Perbix and beat Jonathan Quick to increase the lead to 4-1 with Pat Maroon recording the secondary helper…Phillip Danault got LAK back within two when he made it a 4-2 game at the 19:08 mark of the second period…With 3:57 remaining in regulation, Victor Hedman scored the final goal of the game when he stepped into a pass from Steven Stamkos and hammered home his fourth goal of the season on Tampa Bay’s only shot of the third period with Point picking up the secondary assist.
PP: TBL – 0-2 LAK – 0-2
SOG: TBL – 25 LAK – 28
Attendance: 19,092

The Lightning and the Panthers are playing the third of four matchups this season and the second of two meetings at FLA Live Arena…The Bolts have won both matchups vs. FLA this season…Tampa Bay skated to a 4-1 win over FLA in the last meeting Dec. 10 at AMALIE Arena…The Bolts opened the scoring at the 8:40 mark of the first period when Anthony Cirelli won a puck battle in the corner and put a pass right on the tape of Pat Maroon, who ripped a wrist shot from the slot into the top left corner and past Sergei Bobrovsky for his first goal of the season with Cal Foote recorded his first assist of the year…Zac Dalpe tied the game at one at the 6:02 mark of the second period with FLA’s lone goal of the game…Brayden Point gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead 3:03 into the third period when he took a pass from Nikita Kucherov and snuck a wrist shot under the left arm of Bobrovsky as Brandon Hagel picked up his 11th assist of the season with the secondary helper…Mikhail Sergachev put the Bolts up by two with his fifth goal of the season with 12:38 remaining in regulation as Foote recorded his second assist of the game and Vladislav Namestnikov collected the secondary helper…Steven Stamkos extended his point streak to 13 games with his 496th career goal at the 16:45 mark of the third with a smooth backhand-forehand move as Alex Killorn and Nick Paul recorded the assists…Andrei Vasilevskiy got the start in goal and made 24 saves on 25 shots against for his 11th win of the season…Tampa Bay has won three straight games vs. FLA and four of the last five…The Lightning are 5-5-0 in the last 10 games at FLA and the last 10 contests overall…The Bolts have scored 14 goals over their last three games at FLA…Tampa Bay has scored three or more goals in five straight games vs. FLA…The Lightning have recorded 30 or more shots on goal in six of the last seven contests vs. FLA…Stamkos has scored a goal in six straight games at FLA and recorded a point in nine consecutive contests at FLA (9-8—17)…Stamkos has scored a goal and recorded points in four consecutive games vs. FLA overall (5-3—8)…Kucherov has pointed in four straight games vs. FLA (3-8—11)…Kucherov has recorded points in eight of his last 10 contests vs. FLA with seven multi-point efforts during that span (8-14—22)…Kucherov has seven points over his last two games at FLA (2-5—7)…Kucherov has recorded a multipoint ffort in six of his last eight contests at FLA (7-10—17)…Point is riding a six-game goal and point streak vs. FLA (7-1—8)…Point has picked up points in three straight contests at FLA (4-1—5)…Killorn has pointed in four of his last five games vs. FLA (0-4—4)…Victor Hedman has five points over his last three games vs. FLA (0-5—5) and has picked up points in six of the last eight meetings (2-8—10)…Hedman has pointed in eight of his last 10 contests at FLA (0-13—13)…Vasilevskiy has won four consecutive starts vs. FLA with a .931 save percentage and 2.22 goals against average.


  1. Steven Stamkos – 76 pts. (39-37—76, 62 GP)
  2. Martin St. Louis – 71 pts. (31-40—71, 73 GP)
  3. Vincent Lecavalier – 68 pts. (26-42—68, 78 GP)
  4. Victor Hedman – 42 pts. (7-35—42, 59 GP)
    T5. Nikita Kucherov – 38 pts. (16-22—38, 29 GP)
    T5. Brad Richards – 38 pts. (14-24—38, 43 GP)

Tampa Bay is playing the first game of a brief one-game road trip tonight…The Bolts will play seven of their 12 games in February on the road…The Lightning are 9-5-0 against Atlantic Division opponents and 16-9-1 against the Eastern Conference this season…Tampa Bay is 6-2-0 in the first half of back-to-back games this season…The Bolts have scored three or more goals in five straight road games and 10 straight contests overall.

2022-23 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 91
Current Injuries:

Jan. 30 – Recalled D Nick Perbix from AHL Syracuse
Jan. 30 – Re-assigned F Rudolfs Balcers to AHL Syracuse
Jan. 29 – Assigned D Nick Perbix to AHL Syracuse
Jan. 29 – Recalled F Rudolfs Balcers from AHL Syracuse
Jan. 15 – Assigned F Rudolfs Balcers to AHL Syracuse for conditioning
Jan. 2 – Signed D Nick Perbix to a two-year contract extension



  • F Anthony Duclair | Games Missed: 52
  • F Patric Hornqvist | Games Missed: 27
  • G Sergei Bobrovsky | Games Missed: 5
  • G Spencer Knight | Games Missed: 3
    Total Man Games Lost Due to Injury: 162

Panthers 4, Bruins 3 [OT] – Jan. 28 – FLA Live Arena
FLA Goals: Montour (10), Bennett (12), Barkov (14), Reinhart (17-OT)
BOS Goals: Smith (3), Coyle (11), Pastrnak (38)
FLA Goalie: Lyon (W) – 38 Saves
BOS Goalie: Swayman (L [OT]) – 33 Saves
FLA Shots: 37
BOS Shots: 40
Notes: Aleksander Barkov (1-2-3) forced overtime with a goal at 19:57 of the third period and assisted on the GWG…Barkov reached 600 NHL points with his performance and extended his career-long point streak to 11 games (5-12-17)…Sam Reinhart scored his first NHL overtime goal…Brandon Montour scored a goal for the second consecutive game, extending his career-long point streak to nine games, the longest by a defenseman in franchise history…Givani Smith skated in his 100th NHL game…FLA PP: 0-1, FLA PK: 4-4


  • Jan. 29: G Mack Guzda loaned to Charlotte (AHL)

ALL-TIME vs. TBL: 73-50-10-19
ALL-TIME HOME vs. TBL: 43-17-4-11
2022-23 vs. TBL: 0-1-1


  • Per NHL PR, the 20 seconds between the Panthers’ game-tying goal and overtime winner Jan. 28 vs. BOS was the shortest such span by a team in NHL history in contests where the sudden-death provision was used.
  • The Panthers became the second team in NHL history to fall behind in the final minute of regulation, tie the game and then score the overtime winner in the opening 60 seconds of extra time. Florida joined the Hartford Whalers on Dec. 7, 1990.
  • Aleksander Barkov has produced 33 points (7-26-33) over 40 career games against Tampa Bay. He has amassed 13 points (3-10-13) over his past 14 games vs. the Lightning since the start of the 2020-21 season.

Florida enters February after posting an 8-5-2 record during the month of January, their 18 points tied for fifth-most among teams in January. Their 57 goals from Jan. 1-31 ranked second behind SEA (60) and they averaged 34.0 shots per game (6th). Matthew Tkachuk recorded 23 points (8-15-23) in January, tied for the league lead with Jack Hughes. His 15 assists also tied for the league lead during that span along with Aleksander Barkov and Nathan MacKinnon, and Tkachuk’s five power-play goals nine power-play points also tied for the league lead.

The Panthers face off against their cross-state rival for third time this season. In their previous matchup at FLA Live Arena on Oct. 21, Tampa Bay took home the victory in overtime behind two goals from Brayden Point. Though the Panthers are winless in their past three games against the Lightning, they own a 5-2-2 record over their past nine meetings.

Since the turn of the calendar, the Panthers lead the league with a 36.2% power-play success rate (17/47). Florida’s 17 power-play goals in the month of January were three more than the next-best team (OTT, 14).

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