Wednesday, December 6, 2023
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NHL Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning (6-5-4) at St. Louis Blues (7-5-1)



The Lightning and Blues are playing the first of two matchups this season and the only meeting at Enterprise Center…The two teams will meet next month to conclude the season series with a Dec. 19 matchup at AMALIE Arena…The Bolts posted a 2-0-0 record vs. STL last season, winning both games in regulation be a combined score of 9-4…Brayden Point (4-2—6) led the Lightning in goals and points vs. STL last season, while Nikita Kucherov (0-4—4) paced the team in assists…Kucherov is riding a three-game point streak vs. STL (1-6—7)…Point is also riding a three-game point streak vs. STL and has posted at least one goal and one assist in each of the three contests (5-3—8)…Steven Stamkos has notched an assist in three straight games vs. STL (0-4—4)…Since being acquired by Tampa Bay in 2022, Brandon Hagel has recorded three points in two contests vs. STL (1-2—3)… Anthony Cirelli has found the scoresheet in five of his seven career games vs. STL (4-2—6) with goals in four of the last five meetings…Mikhail Sergachev has recorded an assist in back-to-back contests vs. STL (0-2—2)…Nick Perbix posted a multi-point effort in his one career game vs. STL (1-1—2)…The Bolts have scored three or more goals in nine of their last 12 contests vs. STL (total: 37 goals)…The Lightning have held STL to two goals or fewer in nine of the last 14 meetings (total: 33 goals)…Tampa Bay has scored a power-play goal in five consecutive games vs. STL…The Bolts are 2-6-2 in their last 10 road games at STL and 5-3-2 in the last 10 meetings overall…The Lightning are 14-24-5 with three ties all-time vs. STL, including a road record of 5-15-3…Martin St. Louis holds the Tampa Bay franchise records for career assists and points vs. STL, while Stamkos (7-9—16) and Point (7-5—12) are tied for the lead in goals



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Blues vs. Lightning

• The Blues and Lightning will meet for the 1st of 2 matchups this season (Dec. 19 in Tampa Bay) • The Blues went 0-2-0 against Tampa Bay last season • In their last 8 matchups with Tampa Bay, the Blues are 5-3-0 • The Blues are 3-1-0 in their last 4 games against Tampa Bay at Enterprise Center • Going back to Nov. 12, 2011, the Blues are 8-2-0 in their last 10 home games against the Lightning • The Blues have scored a power play goal in 4 of their last 5 games against Tampa Bay, going 5 for 15 (33.3%) on the power play over those 5 games • The Blues are 3-0-0 against Eastern Conference teams this season • The Blues have been shorthanded 36 times this season, which is the least in the NHL (2. Washington, 40) • After Tuesday against Tampa Bay, the Blues’ next 7 games will come against Western Conference opponents

Home Sweet Home

• The Blues are 5-2-0 at Enterprise Center this season • The Blues’ 5 wins at home this season share 4th in the NHL (1. Vegas, 8), while their 10 points at home share 6th in the NHL (1. Vegas, 17) • The Blues mark of 2.71 goals against per game at home this season shares 8th in the NHL (1. Vancouver, 1.50) • Going back to Mar. 19, 2023, the Blues are 9-3-2 at home • Their 9 home wins since Mar. 19 share 3rd in the NHL (1. Boston, 13), while their 20 points at home rank 3rd in the NHL (1. Boston, 27) • Since Mar. 19, Binnington has posted a record of 6-1-1 at home, with a 2.45 GAA and a .923 SV%

Thomas Continues To Score

• Robert Thomas has a 6-game point streak (5g, 5a) • Thomas posted a 5-game goal streak (5g, 1a) from Nov. 1 to Nov. 9, which is the longest goal streak of his career • His 5-game goal streak shares the longest goal streak in the NHL this season (Sam Reinhart, 5- game goal streak w/FLA from Oct. 14-24, 7g, 2a) • Thomas recorded 4 assists on Saturday in Colorado, his 2nd career game with at least 4 assists (5 assists on Apr. 14, 2022 at Buffalo) • Thomas is just 1 of 8 players in franchise history with multiple 4+ assists games (Weight/Oates/Janney/Hull/Federko/Dunlop/Berenson) • He also has 15 points in his last 12 games (6g, 5a) • Thomas’ 6 goals, 9 assists and 15 points all lead the Blues this season

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