Thursday, March 30, 2023
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NHL Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning (35-16-3) at Vegas Golden Knights (33-18-4)

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING NOTES:

LAST GAME
Lightning 0 at Arizona 1 (SO)
The Tampa Bay Lightning were shut out for the first time this season, but managed to earn one point, in a 1-0 shootout loss to the Arizona Coyotes Wednesday night at Mullett Arena…The Bolts split the season series with ARI after collecting a 5-3 win Dec. 31 at AMALIE Arena…The Lightning fell to 35-16-3 on the season with a road record of 14-12-1…Tampa Bay came out of the gate flying and outshot ARI 20-7 in the first period…The Bolts picked up where they left off in the second period, outshooting ARI 17-6…On the second end of a back-to-back, the Lightning got outshot 13-5 in the third period before recording a 5-0 shot advantage in overtime…After neither team was able to score through 65 minutes, the game advanced to a shootout…Steven Stamkos scored the lone goal for Tampa Bay in the shootout, while Nick Schmaltz and Clayton Keller scored for ARI to hand the Bolts a 1-0 loss…Brian Elliott earned his first shutout of the season with 26 saves on 26 shots against…Nick Paul skated in his 300th career game.
PP: TBL – 0-5 ARI – 0-2
SOG: TBL – 47 ARI – 26
Attendance: 4,600

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
The Lightning and the Golden Knights are playing the first of two matchups this season and the only meeting at TMobile Arena…Tampa Bay posted a 1-0-1 record against VGK last season…Corey Perry led all Bolts skaters with three points vs. VGK last season (1-2—3)…Andrei Vasilevskiy started both games for the Lightning vs. VGK last season, stopping 63 of 68 shots against for a .926 save percentage and 2.40 goals against average…Nikita Kucherov has recorded at least one assist in all six of his career games vs. VGK (0-8—8)…Steven Stamkos has picked up points in seven of his eight career games vs. VGK (5-5—10)…Brayden Point has scored a goal in three of his last four games vs. VGK (3-1—4)…Anthony Cirelli and Alex Killorn have picked up points in three of their last four contests vs. VGK (1-2—3)…Vasilevskiy has started eight career games vs. VGK, posting a 3-3-2 record with a .909 SV% and 2.96 GAA…The Bolts are 3-3-2 all-time vs. VGK, including a road record of 2-2-0…Stamkos (5-5—10) holds the Tampa Bay franchise records for career goals and points vs. VGK.

TBL ALL-TIME POINT LEADERS VS. VGK

  1. Steven Stamkos – 10 pts. (5-5—10, 8 GP)
  2. Nikita Kucherov – 8 pts. (0-8—8, 6 GP)
  3. Victor Hedman – 6 pts. (1-5—6, 7 GP)
  4. Ondrej Palat – 5 pts. (1-4—5, 8 GP)
    T5. Brayden Point – 4 pts. (3-1—4, 6 GP)
    T5. Alex Killorn – 4 pts. (1-3—4, 8 GP)

TONIGHT’S STORYLINES
Tampa Bay is playing the fourth and final 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 8-4-1 against Pacific Division opponents and 19-6-2 against the Western Conference this season…The Bolts are 14-12-1 on the road this season…Tampa Bay has scored three or more goals in seven of their last nine road games and 14 of their last 16 games overall…The Lightning have failed to score a power-play goal in eight consecutive road games (0-for-23)…The Bolts have not surrendered a power-play goal against during the current road trip (8-for-8).

INJURIES
2022-23 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 93

Current Injuries:
None

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS NOTES:

GOLDEN KNIGHTS UPCOMING GAMES
Golden Knights 2022-23 Record: 33-18-4, 70 points (16-13-0 at Home, 17-5-4 on Road)

DATE OPPONENT TELEVISION RADIO SPANISH RADIO
Feb. 18 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
Feb. 21 at Chicago Blackhawks AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM None
Feb. 23 vs. Calgary Flames ESPN Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
Feb. 25 vs. Dallas Stars AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
Feb. 27 at Colorado Avalanche AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM None

GOLDEN KNIGHTS LAST GAME RECAP
February 16 – Vegas Golden Knights 2, San Jose Sharks 1
William Carrier scored the deciding goal with 17.2 seconds to go as the Vegas Golden Knights (33-18-4) defeated the San Jose Sharks (17-28-11), 2-1, on Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena. After a scoreless first period, San Jose snagged a 1-0 lead on a goal from Alexander Barabanov. Paul Cotter broke free early in the third period and got the Golden Knights on the board to make it a 1-1 hockey game. In the final minute, Chandler Stephenson set up Carrier for the game-winning goal with just 17.2 seconds left. Vegas came away with the 2-1 victory and extended its win streak to four games.

LAST GAME BY THE NUMBERS

  • Cotter extends his goal streak to three games for the first time in his career
  • Carrier improves his career-high season with his 15th goal of the season and team leading seventh game winning goal
  • Eichel’s point streak reaches three games (2-3—5)
  • Vegas completes their ninth victory when trailing after two periods, the most comeback wins in the NHL this season

Back on Track
Recording their fourth consecutive win, the Golden Knights are on their longest win streak since their franchise-high 10-game stretch at the start of the season. Vegas also holds a five-game point streak after falling to the Islanders in overtime prior to the All-Star break. The Golden Knights stand at 4-0-1 in their last five contests entering into their first game of the season with the Lightning on Saturday.

Against the Lightning
Vegas and Tampa Bay will meet for the first time this season, the Lightning are one of only two clubs the Golden Knights have not faced yet (Carolina). In eight meetings, Vegas owns a 5-3-0 record against Tampa Bay and are even at 2-2-0 when playing at T-Mobile Arena. The last time these teams met, the Lightning overcame a 2-0 deficit (VGK goals by Brett Howden and William Carrier) in the third period to force the Golden Knights into extra time. After a scoreless overtime, the clubs battled through seven rounds of the shootout with Vegas goals scored by Nicolas Roy, Shea Theodore, William Karlsson, and Mark Stone who had the game-deciding tally. The Golden Knights will look to have their first win at home against the Lightning since the 2019-2020 season and extend their current win streak to five games.

2022-23 Season TBL Series: 0-0-0 (Home: 0-0-0, Road: 0-0-0)
Feb. 18 – at Vegas
Mar. 9 – at Tampa Bay

2021-22 Season TBL Series: 1-0-1 (Home: 0-0-1, Road: 1-0-0)
Dec. 21 – at Vegas (Vegas 3, Tampa Bay 4)
Jan. 29 – at Tampa Bay (Vegas 3, Tampa Bay 2 SO)

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