Wednesday, March 29, 2023

NHL Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning (35-16-2) at Arizona Coyotes (18-28-8)


Lightning 4 at Colorado 3 (SO)
The Tampa Bay Lightning collected a third-straight victory with a 4-3 shootout win over the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday night at Ball Arena…The Bolts swept the season series vs. COL after collecting a 5-0 win Feb. 9 at AMALIE Arena…The Lightning improved to 35-16-2 on the season with a road record of 14-12-0…Arturri Lehkonen opened the scoring just 50 seconds into the game with the lone goal of the first period to put COL up 1-0…Nathan MacKinnon doubled the lead for COL and made it 2-0 with a goal at the 6:21 mark of the second period…Nikita Kucherov got Tampa Bay back within one when he went to the back door and buried his 21st goal of the season off a pass from Brayden Point to make it 2-1 with 6:51 left in the second…Anthony Cirelli tied the game at two just 26 seconds into the third period when he fired home a one-timer off a pass from Steven Stamkos with Victor Hedman picking up the secondary assist…Denis Malgin gave COL a 3-2 lead 1:37 after Cirelli’s sixth goal of the season…The Lightning answered right back and made it a 3-3 game after Corey Perry held the puck in at the COL blue line and moved the puck up to Vladislav Namestnikov, who beat Alexander Georgiev with a smooth move to his backhand just 2:07 after the Malgin goal…After neither team found the back of the net in overtime, Stamkos scored the lone goal of the shootout as Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all three COL shooters to wrap up the 4-3 win for Tampa Bay…Vasilevskiy made 43 saves on 46 shots against in the win.
PP: TBL – 0-4 COL – 0-2
SOG: TBL – 35 COL – 46
Attendance: 18,072

The Lightning and the Coyotes are playing the second of two matchups this season and the only meeting at Mullett Arena…The Bolts defeated ARI 5-3 in the first matchup this season Dec. 31 at AMALIE Arena…The Lightning fell into a early 2-0 hole when ARI got back-to-back goals from Travis Boyd and Christian Fischer just 34 seconds apart at the 6:12 and 6:46 marks of the first period…Brayden Point got the Bolts back within one at the 10:53 mark of the first when he took a pass from Nikita Kucherov off his skate and batted the puck out of midair past Karel Vejmelka for his team-leading 21st goal of the season…Mikhail Sergachev tied the game at two with 10:44 remaining in the second period when he fired a shot from the point that deflected off the stick of Lawson Crouse and past Vejmelka with Point and Victor Hedman collecting the assists…After ARI unsuccessfully challenged for offside on the Sergachev goal, Tampa Bay went to the power play and took a 3-2 lead 28 seconds into the man advantage with Steven Stamkos hammering a one-timer past Vejmelka for his 498th career goal with Hedman and Kucherov collecting the helpers…Nick Bjugstad tied the game at three 1:32 after the Stamkos goal before Alex Killorn stole the puck at the Lightning blue line and beat Vejmelka on a breakaway with 1:01 remaining in the second period…After Josh Brown got sent off for boarding Nick Perbix, the Bolts made it a 5-3 game with Brandon Hagel redirecting a Hedman shot from the point with 15:34 remaining in regulation and Stamkos picking up the secondary assist…Andrei Vasilevskiy collected his third-straight win with 28 saves on 31 shots against…The Lightning are 6-4- 0 in both their last 10 games at ARI and the last 10 meetings overall…The Bolts have scored three or more goals in six consecutive games vs. ARI…Stamkos has recorded three straight multi-point games vs. ARI (4-2—6) and has pointed six consecutive contests vs. ARI (5-5—10)…Stamkos has recorded at least one point in 15 of his 19 career games vs. ARI (10-10—20)…Point is riding a five-game point streak vs. ARI (3-3—6) and has recorded four points in four career games at ARI (3-1—4)…Killorn has recorded points in six consecutive games vs. ARI (4-4—8)…Hedman has picked up five assists over his last five games vs. ARI (0-5—5)…The Lightning are 23-14-1 all-time vs. ARI, including a road record of 11-9-0…Vincent Lecavalier (9-12—21) holds the Tampa Bay franchise record for career points vs. ARI.


  1. Vincent Lecavalier – 21 pts. (9-12—21, 17 GP)
  2. Steven Stamkos – 20 pts. (10-10—20, 19 GP)
  3. Martin St. Louis – 16 pts. (8-8—16, 15 GP)
  4. Nikita Kucherov – 14 pts. (9-5—14, 13 GP)
  5. Alex Killorn – 13 pts. (5-8—13, 17 GP)

Tampa Bay is playing the third game of a four-game road trip tonight…The Bolts will play seven of their 12 games in February on the road…The Lightning are 3-5-1 in the second half of back-to-back games this season…The Lightning are 11-2-0 against Central Division opponents and 19-6-1 against the Western Conference this season…The Bolts are 14-12-0 on the road this season…Tampa Bay has scored three or more goals in seven of their last eight road games and 14 of their last 15 games overall…The Lightning have failed to score a power-play goal in seven consecutive road games…The Bolts are 10-4-1 in their last 15 games against Western Conference opponents.

2022-23 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 93
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


• Arizona enters tonight on a season-high six-game point streak (3-0-3), good for the second-longest active point streak in the NHL. The last time the Yotes posted a 7-game point streak was 12/31/15 – 1/14/16 (5-0-2)

• The duo of Clayton Keller and Nick Schmaltz have combined for 15 points in the last three games, including Keller posting 8 pts (3- 5-8) over the most recent 3-game road trip. Keller’s 8 pts paces the NHL since 2/10

• The Coyotes are 11-8-2 at home through 21 games at Mullett Arena. The Coyotes have a chance to reach 12 home wins within their first 22 home contests for the first time since 2015-16 (20 home games)

Coyotes 4, Predators 2 – February 13, 2023 – Bridgestone Arena
ARI Goals: Schmaltz (14), Crouse (18, 19), Fischer (9)
NSH Goals: Josi (13), Sissons (8)
ARI Goalie: Vejmelka (W) – 29 svs on 31 shots
NSH Goalie: Lankinen (L) – 15 svs on 18 shots
PP: 1-1 PK: 4-5
Notes: ARI earned its ninth comeback win of the season and extended its season-long point streak to six games (3-0-3)…Lawson Crouse scored two goals for his third multi-goal game of the season…Clayton Keller chipped in two assists and has 9 pts (3-6-9) in his last 4 GP… Keller reached 50 points on the season with his second assist… Keller’s four-game assist streak ties the longest official assist streak by a Coyote this season …Nick Schmaltz scored a goal and established a 3-game goal/point streak…Matias Maccelli recorded a pair of helpers to grab a share of the second-most among rookies this season (22) at the conclusion of Monday’s games…JJ Moser reached 20 pts on the campaign (5-15-20) with a two-assist night, his third multi-point game of the season…Christian Fischer scored the ENG and is one point shy of securing his second career 20+ point season…Karel Vejmelka registered his 15th win of the season and is 4-0-1 in his last five starts, posting a 2.20 GAA and a .936 SV% in that span…The last time the Coyotes did not suffer a regulation loss for their first four games of a month was March of 2022 (4-0-0)…The Coyotes enter tonight with the second-longest active point streak in the NHL (7 games, NYR)

MAN GAMES LOST (Name/Roster Status/Injury Type/Games Missed/Last Game Played)
Liam O’Brien…Day-to-Day…Upper-Body (2 / 2/10)
Shayne Gostisbehere…Week-to-Week…Upper-Body (6 / 1/24)
Total man games lost: 116 games
Liam O’Brien – 23 (12/17 – 2/6) – Upper-Body
Jakob Chychrun – 16 (10/13 – 11/17) – Upper-Body
Matias Maccelli – 16 (12/27 – 1/24) – Lower-Body
Nick Schmaltz – 15 (10/15 – 11/17) – Upper-Body … 1 (12/31) – Upper-Body
Zack Kassian – 9 (11/1 – 11/21) – Lower-Body
Connor Timmins – 9 (10/15 – 11/5) – Upper-Body
Andrew Ladd – 6 (N/A) – Undisclosed
Josh Brown – 3 (11/23 – 11/27) – Upper-Body
Ben McCartney – 3 (10/13 – 10/17) – Lower-Body
Juuso Valimaki – 1 (11/23) – Upper-Body
Lawson Crouse – 1 (12/1) – Illness | 4 (1/19 – 1/24) – Upper-Body
Connor Ingram – 1 (1/8) – Illness

-2/11 – Recalled D Victor Sodestrom from Tucson (AHL)
-2/11 – Recalled D Dysin Mayo from Tucson (AHL)
-2/7 – Assigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea to Tucson (AHL)
-2/5 – Recalled F Jean-Sebastien Dea from Tucson (AHL)
-2/5 – Assigned F Dylan Guenther to the Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

Sat, Feb 18 8:30pm at LAK Arena Bally Sports Arizona 98.7 FM
Sun, Feb 19 6:30pm vs CBJ Mullett Arena Bally Sports Arizona 98.7 FM
Wed, Feb 22 7:30pm vs CGY Mullett Arena Bally Sports Arizona 98.7 FM


  • Tonight is the second of two ARI-TBL matchups this season. The Lightning captured the first meeting by a 5-3 score on 12/31 in Tampa
  • ARI got two goals in less than a minute from Travis Boyd and Christian Fischer in the first period of the 12/31 meeting
  • Clayton Keller and Nick Schmaltz both scored the last time ARI-TBL played in AZ (2/11/22)
  • Keller also chipped in an assist in the ARI-TBL game this season and has collected 3-3-6 over the last four times he’s played TBL
  • Keller holds a career 7-4-11 scoring line in 9 GP vs TBL. The 1.22 p/gp is his 3rd-highest he’s posted against an NHL club (DET, 1.33; MTL, 1.30)
  • Nick Bjugstad leads current Coyotes in career goals against the Lightning with 11. He scored in the 12/31 matchup and enters tonight having lit the lamp the last two times he’s seen the Lightning
  • A goal tonight would make the Lightning the first team that Bjugstad has posted a 3-game goal streak against
  • In the all-time series between the two franchises, every game but two has been decided in regulation. The only Coyotes-Lightning game that was not been decided in regulation was 3/10/14 (4-3, W [SO]), and the other occurred in the Original Jets era on 1/16/94 (3-2, L [OT])
  • Coyotes franchise vs Lightning
    • All-Time: 20-26-0-0
    • Home: 11-13-0-0
    • Road: 9-13-0-0
    • L10: 4-6-0
    • STRK: L3

Nick Bjugstad…11-7-18…23 career GP
Clayton Keller…7-4-11…9 career GP
Nick Schmaltz…2-4-6…9 career GP
Barrett Hayton…0-2-2…3 career GP

Career Leaders
Goals (Bjugstad, 11)… Assists (Bjugstad, 7)…Points (Bjugstad, 18)
Career Leaders Among Defensemen
Goals (Gostisbehere, 3)… Assists (Stecher, 3)…Points (Gostisbehere, 5)

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