Tuesday, April 23, 2024

NHL Preview: Vegas Golden Knights (38-20-6) at Tampa Bay Lightning (38-21-5)

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS NOTES:

GOLDEN KNIGHTS UPCOMING GAMES
Golden Knights 2022-23 Record: 38-20-6, 82 points (21-13-1 at Home, 17-7-5 on Road)

DATE OPPONENT TELEVISION RADIO SPANISH RADIO
Mar. 9 at Tampa Bay Lightning AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM None
Mar. 11 at Carolina Hurricanes AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM None
Mar. 12 at St. Louis Blues AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM None
Mar. 14 at Philadelphia Flyers AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM None
Mar. 16 vs. Calgary Flames AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM

GOLDEN KNIGHTS LAST GAME RECAP
March 7 – Vegas Golden Knights 1, Florida Panthers 2
The Vegas Golden Knights (38-20-6) were defeated by the Florida Panthers (32-27-6), 2-1, in the first game of their five-game road trip on Tuesday night at FLA Live Arena. The Panthers pounced out to a 1-0 lead on a Ryan Lomberg goal less than five minutes into the contest. Florida added to the lead four minutes into the middle frame as Aleksandr Barkov made it a 2-0 game. Shea Theodore got the Golden Knights on the board with a power-play goal at 13:23 of the period and Vegas went into the third period trailing by a goal. The third period passed without a goal as the Panthers captured the 2-1 win.

LAST GAME BY THE NUMBERS

  • Jack Eichel extends his point streak to four games with an assist on Theodore’s goal
  • Adin Hill stops 40 shots for his second consecutive 40+-save start, posting a .952 save percentage
  • Theodore’s goal gives him 13 points (4-9—13) in his last 13 games
  • Vegas’ loss against Florida is just its second in regulation since the All-Star break with a record of 9-2-2

Against the Lighting
Vegas and Tampa Bay will meet for the second and final time this regular season on Thursday, after the Golden Knights ran away with a 5-4 victory over the Lightning a few weeks ago at T-Mobile Arena. In nine meetings, Vegas owns a 6-3-0 record against Tampa Bay and has only lost once at AMALIE Arena, owning a record of 3-1-0. The last time these teams met, the Golden Knights had four goals in the first period (Brett Howden, Jonathan Marchessault (2), and Shea Theodore) to enter the first intermission ahead of the visitors, 4-2. Corey Perry scored in the middle frame to bring the Lightning within one, but Nicolas Roy scored on the empty net to give Vegas some reassurance which prevented Pierre-Edouard Bellemare’s late tally from sending the game past regulation. With a win against Tampa Bay on Thursday, Vegas has the opportunity to sweep the season series for the first time since the Golden Knight’s inaugural season in 2017-18.

2022-23 Season TBL Series: 1-0-0 (Home: 1-0-0, Road: 0-0-0)
Feb. 18 – at Vegas (Vegas 5, Tampa Bay 4)
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)

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING NOTES:

LAST GAME
Lightning 5 vs. Philadelphia 2
The Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a five-game losing streak in a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers March 7 at AMALIE Arena…The Bolts wrapped up the season series vs. PHI with a 2-1-0 record…Tampa Bay moved to 38-21-5 on the season with a home record of 23-5-4…Morgan Frost opened the scoring for PHI at the 5:52 mark of the first period…Alex Killorn tied the game 1-1 with a power-play goal just 1:46 later when Nikita Kucherov sent a slap pass to Killorn, who was waiting at the top of the crease to tap home his 18th goal of the season…After outshooting PHI 15-7 in the first period, the Lightning grabbed a 2-1 lead 34 seconds into the second period when Kucherov took a pass from Mikhail Sergachev and hammered a one-timer past Carter Hart for his 24th goal of the season…Ross Colton gave the Bolts a 3-1 lead at the 8:46 mark of the second when he crashed the net and took a pass from Tanner Jeannot before firing home his 15th goal of the year…Killorn made it a 4-1 game just 2:03 later when Hart took a spill behind the PHI goal and Brandon Hagel got in on the forecheck before Anthony Cirelli grabbed the puck and found Killorn in front for his second goal of the night…Brendan Lemieux got PHI back within two at the 12:20 mark of the second…Kucherov scored a third power-play goal for Tampa Bay with a move to the backhand with 2:22 remaining to wrap up the 5-2 win for the Lightning…Andrei Vasilevskiy earned his 29th win with 33 saves on 35 shots against…The three power-play goals tied a season high for the Bolts.
PP: TBL – 3-6 PHI – 0-3
SOG: TBL – 39 PHI – 35
Attendance: 19,092

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
The Lightning and the Golden Knights are playing the second of two matchups this season and the only meeting at AMALIE Arena…The Bolts are 0-1-0 vs. VGK this season after a 5-4 loss Feb. 18 at T-Mobile Arena…Vladislav Namestnikov opened the scoring with his sixth goal of the season when he redirected a pass from Corey Perry over the glove of Adin Hill to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead 6:10 into the first period…VGK responded with an immediate answer when Brett Howden tied the game 1-1 just seven seconds after Namestnikov opened the scoring…After Nicholas Roy took a hooking penalty at the 6:45 mark of the first, Victor Hedman sent a pass to Steven Stamkos, who hammered home his patented one-timer to give the Bolts a 2-1 lead with his 10th power-play goal of the season just 40 seconds after Howden tied the game for VGK…With Tampa Bay leading 2-1, VGK rattled off three straight goals to close out the first period with Jonathan Marchessault scoring at the 8:17 and 17:46 marks and Shea Theodore finding the back of the net with 5:40 remaining in the opening frame…Perry got the Lightning back within one when he made it a 4-3 game 4:29 into the second period, taking a pass from Hedman and beating Hill with a wrist shot to the glove side for his 11th goal of the season…Roy scored an empty-net goal for VGK with 1:09 remaining to make it a 5-3 game…Pierre-Edouard Bellemare redirected a point shot from Mikhail Sergachev to get the Bolts back within one at the 19:49 mark of the third, but that would be the final goal of the game in a 5-4 loss for Tampa Bay…Andrei Vasilevskiy got the start in goal for the Lightning and made 22 saves…Nikita Kucherov has recorded at least one assist in all seven of his career games vs. VGK (0-9—9)…Stamkos has picked up points in eight of his nine career games vs. VGK (6-5—11)…Brayden Point has scored a goal in three of his last five games vs. VGK (3-1—4)…Anthony Cirelli and Alex Killorn have picked up points in three of their last five contests vs. VGK (1-2—3)…The Bolts are 3-4-2 all-time vs. VGK, including a home record of 1-1-2…Stamkos (6-5—11) holds the Tampa Bay franchise records for career goals and points vs. VGK.

TBL ALL-TIME POINT LEADERS VS. VGK

  1. Steven Stamkos – 11 pts. (6-5—11, 9 GP)
  2. Nikita Kucherov – 9 pts. (0-9—9, 7 GP)
  3. Victor Hedman – 8 pts. (1-7—8, 8 GP)
    T4. Corey Perry – 5 pts. (2-3—5, 3 GP)
    T4. Ondrej Palat – 5 pts. (1-4—5, 8 GP)

TONIGHT’S STORYLINES
Tampa Bay is playing the second game of a four-game homestand tonight…The Bolts will play eight of their 16 games in March on home ice…The Lightning are 9-5-1 against Pacific Division opponents and 20-7-2 against the Western Conference this season…Tampa Bay is 23-5-4 on home ice this season…The Lightning have scored three or more goals in 12 of their last 13 home games (57 total goals)…Tampa Bay has scored a power-play goal in 12 of their last 13 home games.

INJURIES
2022-23 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 99
Current Injuries:
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (Lower-body injury; Day-to-day) 1 Game
Victor Hedman (Upper-body injury; Day-to-day) 1 Game

TRANSACTIONS
March 4 – Recalled D Darren Raddysh from AHL Syracuse
March 3 – Re-assigned D Darren Raddysh to AHL Syracuse
March 2 – Recalled D Darren Raddysh from AHL Syracuse
March 1 – Acquired F Michael Eyssimont from San Jose in exchange for F Vladislav Namestnikov

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