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  1. It's a rare opportunity for the Golden Knights. In a stretch where Vegas plays seven straight games at home and nine out of 10, tonight is its third straight game against a team that probably won't make the playoffs. Of the six remaining home games on this stretch, five of them are against teams currently outside the playoffs. With the Golden Knights riding high at 21-4-2 at home, this is a chance to put some distance between themselves and the pack in the Western Conference. So far, the 38-15-4 Golden Knights are 2-1-0 in this stretch, and will next meet the 22-28-7 Montreal Canadiens. Today's game starts at 4:00 PM (PT). Here are three keys to the game. NHL Now: First Vegas bobblehead 00:52 • February 16th, 2018 1. The Old Equalizer The Golden Knights have 30 more points than the Canadiens. So it's clear that there's a bit of a gap between these teams this season. Although with Carey Price in goal for the Canadiens, it's always the potential equalizer. While Price isn't having a season up to his usual standards and is coming off three straight losses and five goals against in Arizona, he's still Carey Price. He's still a former Vezina Trophy winner as league's best player and former NHL MVP. Price is still recognized as probably the best goalie in hockey. No matter what sort of season he or his team is having, Price is capable to stealing a game on any given night. And while it's never a good idea to take any opponent lightly in the NHL, Price's presence makes this even more apparent today. VGK Practice: Gallant 04:48 • February 16th, 2018 2. Keep Them Slumping Of all the areas that Montreal has had trouble lately, its offensive production is probably the most concerning. The Canadiens have only scored two goals over their past two games, and have been shut out twice in February. Marc-Andre Fleury, meanwhile, has been riding high, having won two straight starts and continuing to sit near the top of the league in all major goaltending categories. He's second with a 2.03 goals-against average and third with a .933 save percentage. Brendan Gallagher has 21 goals for Montreal, and is a real threat to score 30. But outside of him, no Canadien may even reach 25, where in the past many of them have. You'd have to expect that players suffering through rare off years may have fragile confidence. In Fleury's case, his duty is to keep their confidence low. If Fleury can make a few great saves early, he may get in Montreal's head. VGK Practice: Marchessault 01:45 • February 16th, 2018 3. Smith, Vegas' Under-The-Radar Star? Reilly Smith has often been overshadowed this season. Which playing on a line with 30-goal scorer William Karlsson and team scoring leader Jonathan Marchessault, is easily understandable. Although entering today with points in six straight games (3G, 6A), Smith is on absolute fire. In fact, other than a rare cold streak in January where he went six games without a point, Smith hasn't gone consecutive games without a point since early January. He was 17 goals and 31 assists and is on pace for 68 points this season. Yet he hardly gets any headlines. What sort of damage can Smith do against the Canadiens today? And his line? Watch out for this player who is quietly on his best stretch of the season right now.
  2. The Lightning and Devils are set to meet for just the second time so far this season. Both teams have been inconsistent as of late. The Devils are currently riding a two-game winning streak after dropping four straight. The Lightning, meanwhile, played well in a 4-1 win over Detroit on Thursday but lost both halves of a back-to-back at the beginning of the week. Lines from Thursday's game. Subject to change. Forwards Vladislav Namestnikov - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov Yanni Gourde - Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson Alex Killorn - Matthew Peca - Adam Erne Chris Kunitz - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan Defensemen Victor Hedman - Anton Stralman Dan Girardi - Mikhail Sergachev Braydon Coburn - Andrej Sustr Goaltenders Andrei Vasilevskiy or Louis Domingue Saturday's Matchup The Lightning and the Devils are playing their second of three meetings this season...The last time these teams met was Oct. 17 in New Jersey, where the Devils bested the Bolts in a 5-4 shootout loss. Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists, and Vladislav Namestnikov and Ondrej Palat each scored for the Lightning, who had their four-game winning streak end. Peter Budaj made 30 saves. Kyle Palmieri scored the only goal in the shootout and had a goal in the first period for the Devils. Drew Stafford scored twice, Brian Gibbons had a goal and Cory Schneider made 33 saves...The Lightning have won each of their last four home games versus New Jersey, last losing to the Devils at home in October 2014... Steven Stamkos has recorded 17 goals and 29 points in 29 career games vs. New Jersey and has scored a goal in five straight games against the Devils... Nikita Kucherov is averaging over a point a game against New Jersey, tallying 4-9--13 in 10 career games. Saturday's Storylines This will be the only time this season the Lightning face the Devils at AMALIE Arena...The Lightning at off to their best start in franchise history with 81 points through 58 games, seven points better than the 74 points put up by the 2010-11 team (34-17-6) and the 2014-15 team (34-17-6) through 58 games...Tampa Bay's record at home is 20-5-1...The Bolts continue to lead the NHL for wins (39), points (81), ROW (37), points percentage (.698), goals (206) and goals per game (3.55). Injuries 2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 86 Current injuries Peter Budaj - Lower body (out indefinitely, injured Dec. 29) 21 games Ondrej Palat - Lower body (out 6 to 8 weeks; injured Jan. 20) 10 Games Transactions Feb. 8 - Recalled F Adam Erne from AHL Syracuse Feb. 6 - Re-assigned F Michael Bournival to AHL Syracuse In the Nik of Time Tampa Bay right winger Nikita Kucherov recorded a goal and three assists Feb. 15 vs. DET, bringing him to 31 goals and 45 assists on the season...Kucherov has recorded points in five-consecutive games (4-6-10) and five of his last six games (4-8-12)...Thursday night was Kucherov's 25th multi-point game of the season, which is most in the NHL and the most by a Lightning player in a single season since Steven Stamkos had 27 such games in 2011-12...He leads the NHL for points (76) and ranks third in the NHL for goals...This is the third-straight season he's scored 30 or more goals...Kucherov is one of five Lightning players all-time to record multiple 30-goal seasons. Killing It Lightning forward Alex Killorn netted his 11th goal Feb. 15 vs. DET, the third game in the last four he's scored a goal...Killorn has more points through seven games in February (11) than he did in all of November (5), December (6) or January (3)...He ranks tied for third in the NHL for point since February 1. Stammer Time Bolts captain Steven Stamkos tallied two goals Feb. 15 vs. DET bringing him to 23 on the season...Thursday was his fourth-straight game with a point (3-3--6) and sixth game in his last seven with a point (4-4--8)...Stamkos' 44 assists are tied for the second most he's recorded in a season (46 in 2010-11 and 44 in 2009-10)...Stamkos ranks third in the NHL for scoring and 10th for assists. Squashing Rookie Records Tampa Bay rookie Yanni Gourde's 22 goals are the fourth-most in Lightning history for a rookie. Gourde now ranks third on the Lightning for goals and his 43 points are the fourth most by a rookie in Lightning history, behind only Brad Richards (62 in 2000-01), Ondrej Palat (59 in 2013-14), Tyler Johnson (50 in 2013-14), Steven Stamkos (46 in 2008-09), Rob Zamuner (43 in 1992-93)...Since Jan. 22, Gourde ranks tied for fourth in the NHL for scoring (8-5--13)...Gourde ranks second in the NHL for goals among rookies. Andrei the Giant Bolts goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 38-of-39 shots faced in a win Feb. 15 vs. DET and continues to pace the NHL for wins. Vasilevskiy's 34 wins are the most through 58 team games in franchise history (second: Ben Bishop, 27 in 2014-15 and 2013-14)...Vasilevskiy leads the NHL for shutouts with seven and tied the Tampa Bay franchise record for shutouts in a season set previously by Nikolai Khabibulin in 2001-02...Six of Vasilevskiy's seven shutouts have come on the road, a Bolts franchise record for road shutouts in a season.
  3. When the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Vancouver Canucks Thursday at AMALIE Arena, it will have been 21 days since the Lightning last played a non-exhibition home game. "Three weeks between home games is a lot," Bolts head coach Jon Cooper admitted after his team returned to practice at the home rink on Wednesday. Tampa Bay played just three home games in the month of January, game No. 2 and No. 3 broken up by the mid-season, week-long break. Following their final home game of the month on January 18, the Bolts embarked on a four-game road trip, came home briefly for the All-Star Break - or non-break for the Lightning's All-Star representatives - then went back out on the road for another four games through Western Canada for their lengthiest trip distance-wise of the season. "It was definitely long," said Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi, who missed the last three games of the Western Canada swing with a lower-body injury but practiced again without limitations Wednesday and will be a game-time decision for the Vancouver game. "…It takes a toll. It's a lot of travel, but it's part of the game. A lot of teams are dealing with that. Not a bad record after those eight games but didn't finish too well. We need to have a good first game here playing at home tomorrow." Girardi on Injury Status 02:59 • February 7th, 2018 The start and the finish to the road trip weren't what the Lightning had hoped for, but they mixed some solid performances in between. After starting in Minnesota with a 5-2 loss, their season-long third-straight defeat, the Bolts won a pair of tight contests at Chicago and Nashville before routing Philadelphia in the final game before the All-Star break. Tampa Bay dropped a 3-1 decision to Winnipeg to start its Western Canada swing, scored 11 goals combined to down Calgary and Vancouver but finished the trip with a clunker, getting blitzed 6-2 by Edmonton, tied for the largest margin of defeat the Lightning have suffered this season. The Lightning won five games and tallied 10 of a possible 16 points over the eight-game road trip. In the past, Cooper has stressed if you collect more points than games on the road, it should be considered a success. The Bolts did that, but still, the finish in Edmonton left a bitter taste in their mouths. "Overall, I think we're happy with the points we got, but I think our game is something we want to come back to and play more consistently in our game and try and eliminate some of the opportunities we gave up," said Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who returned to the Bolts' lineup in Winnipeg after missing the previous five games with a lower-body injury. "I think that was shown in that (Edmonton) game. It wasn't sharp enough. We gave them room, way too much time and space with the puck. And it obviously cost us the game." So, with the most difficult portion of the 2017-18 schedule in the rear-view mirror, the Lightning should be feeling pretty good about themselves right? After all, they still lead the NHL for wins (36), points (75) and points percentage (.708) and remain in first place in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference by three points over Boston. Cooper | Post-Practice 07:04 • February 7th, 2018 Not so fast, Cooper says. "To be honest, we're not out of it yet," he said. "…You look at the rest of February, there's more road games than home games. So we're not near out of this yet. And then we have a tough back-to-back where we play at home Buffalo (Feb. 28) and then we go to Dallas (March 1). So that's tough. Once that hits, then let's kind of evaluate where we are. Has this been a grind? It has been, there's no question. But, you know what? A lot of teams go through this. It's probably a little different for us because we're kind of an outlier city in the sense that we have to travel over a division to get to our division. But in the end, we've kind of been used to that. We know what's expected of us in those situations. But regardless, it's tough on the guys. So far, we've got a little bit above .500 record on this stretch here and hopefully here we can get a little bit of rest, rest our bodies, get to sleep in our own bed for a little bit and that will help us." The good news for the Lightning is once they make it through the rest of February, they play nine of their 14 games in March at home. Three out of four games in April come at AMALIE Arena. It's just a matter of surviving February until they get to that home stretch.
  4. VEGAS (January 29, 2018) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, January 29, the following roster transaction: the team has recalled defenseman Jason Garrison from the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves. Garrison started the season with the Golden Knights and has recorded one assist in five games. In 35 games with the Wolves, he leads all defensemen with 19 points (4 G, 15 A) to go with 18 penalty minutes.
  5. It's been an eventful four days since the San Jose Sharks last played a game, but the team is back in action tonight as they begin their five-game road trip in Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins. While most of the team was off on their All-Star Break mini-vacation, Brent Burns and family spent the weekend in Tampa Bay, showing off to the league and - for the second time in three seasons - bringing home the NHL All-Star championship with the rest of the Pacific Division. But let's talk about hockey that counts. The Sharks went into the break with a pair of somewhat disappointing losses: A 5-4 OT loss to the Winnipeg Jets and a 6-5 loss to the New York Rangers. Both games saw comebacks mounted by the Sharks, but neither were enough to earn the two points. The Sharks continue to try to play without center Joe Thornton. Logan Couture in particular has already stepped up in his absence, but it'll be a group effort to deal with Thornton being out. The last time the Penguins and Sharks met was a little less than two weeks ago on January 20. It was an emotional night, with the Sharks hosting Make-A-Wish kid Hayden Bradley, that saw the Sharks pull out a 2-1 victory.
  6. The second half of Tampa Bay's eight-game road trip begins with their annual Western Canada swing. First up is a meeting against the Jets at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg. Both teams went into last weekend's All-Star break playing well. The Lightning are riding a three-game winning streak while the Jets have won three of their last four. Lines from Thursday's game. Subject to change. Forwards Chris Kunitz - Steven Stamkos - Vladislav Namestnikov Tyler Johnson - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov Alex Killorn - Matthew Peca - Yanni Gourde Michael Bournival - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan Defensemen Anton Stralman - Jake Dotchin Slater Koekkoek - Dan Girardi Braydon Coburn - Andrej Sustr Goaltenders Andrei Vasilevskiy or Louis Domingue Tuesday's Matchup The Lightning and the Jets will conclude their two-game regular season series tonight in Winnipeg...Tampa Bay won 4-3 in overtime in the first meeting at AMALIE Arena on Dec. 9, Brayden Point netting the game-winner 36 seconds into the extra session...Winnipeg took just 20 shots in the loss, the fewest the Bolts have allowed in a game this season...The Lightning have won four of their last five overall against Winnipeg, three of those four wins coming in overtime or a shootout...The Bolts are 6-2-1 in their last nine games versus the Jets...Tampa Bay has won four in a row in Winnipeg, netting four goals in each victory and outscoring the Jets 16-8...The Lightning are 10-4-1 in their last 15 games in Winnipeg dating back to the 2009-10 season... Tyler Johnson has four assists in his last two games vs. WPG... Brayden Point has recorded a goal and an assist in each of two career games vs. WPG (2-2--4 total)... Jake Dotchin has tallied an assist in each of his two career games vs. WPG... Yanni Gourde, Matthew Peca and Mikhail Sergachev have each scored a goal in one career game vs. WPG... Nikita Kucherov has tallied 4-1--5 in his last four games vs. WPG... Steven Stamkos has tallied a point (1-2--3) in three-straight games vs. WPG (missed both games last season due to injury). Tuesday's Storylines The Lightning are playing their fifth game in a stretch of eight-straight games away from AMALIE Arena, the longest such stretch in the NHL this season...The Bolts are currently 3-1-0 on that eight-game away stretch...Tampa Bay enters the post-All-Star break portion of its schedule leading the NHL for wins (34), points (71), points percentage (.724), ROW (32), goals (173) and goal differential (+50)...The Lightning are off to their best start in franchise history with 71 points through 49 games, seven points better than the 64 points put up by the 2010-11 team (30-15-4) through 49 games...The Bolts lead the NHL for goals per game (3.53) and rank third for goals against per game (2.51) and are the only team in the top three in both categories...Tampa Bay was held without a power-play goal for the third-straight game Jan. 25 at PHI but improved to 11-3-2 this season when not registering a power-play goal...The Lightning have been shut out on the power play in eight of their last 11 (going 6-1-1 in those eight games). Injuries 2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 67 Current injuries Peter Budaj - Lower body (out indefinitely; injured Dec. 29) 12 Games Victor Hedman - Lower body (out 3 to 6 weeks; injured Jan. 11) 5 Games Ondrej Palat - Lower body (out 6 to 8 weeks; injured Jan. 20) 3 Games Transactions Jan. 29 - Recalled G Louis Domingue from AHL Syracuse Jan. 27 - Re-assigned G Louis Domingue to AHL Syracuse Jan. 21 - Recalled F Michael Bournival from AHL Syracuse Jan. 21 - Recalled F Matthew Peca from AHL Syracuse Andrei the Giant Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 36 of the 37 shots he faced Jan. 25 at PHI for his 29th victory, the most wins for a Lightning goalie through the first 49 team games in franchise history (previous best: Ben Bishop, 24 in 2014-15)...Vasilevskiy paces the NHL for wins. Vasilevskiy has given up just one goal over his last two starts and has four shutouts in his last 12 starts...Vasilevskiy leads the NHL for shutouts (7) and has tied the Tampa Bay franchise record for most shutouts in a season set previously by Nikolai Khabibulin in 2001-02...Six of Vasilevskiy's seven shutouts have come on the road, a Tampa Bay franchise record for most road shutouts in a season...Since the 1989-90 season, Vasilevskiy is one of just seven NHL goaltenders to record six road shutouts in a season, joining Martin Brodeur (1997-98, 2003-04, 2006-07), Tom Barrasso (1997-98), Ed Belfour (2003-04), Marc-Andre Fleury (2014-15), Dominik Hasek (1997-98) and Nikolai Khabibulin (1996-97)...Vasilevskiy leads all NHL goalies with a minimum of 20 starts for save percentage (.931) and ranks second behind BOS's Tuukka Rask (2.16) for GAA (2.18). In the Nik of time Lightning right winger Nikita Kucherov tallied three assists Jan. 25 at PHI to match his career high for single game assists set four times previously (last: 2/21/17 vs. EDM) and his season high for single game points set four times previously (last: Nov. 16 vs. DAL)...Kucherov ended a season-long three-game point drought in Philly and continues to pace the NHL for scoring. Kucherov has gone six games without a goal, matching a season long (also: Nov. 18-29), but ranks tied for second in the NHL for goals.
  7. In the grand scheme of things, it means nothing. Although for the first-year Golden Knights, it would certainly be a noteworthy accomplishment. If Vegas defeat the New York Islanders (24-20-5) tonight, it'll be its 33rd win of the season. This would equal the 1993-94 Florida Panthers and 1993-94 Anaheim Mighty Ducks for the most wins ever by an NHL expansion team in its first season. The Golden Knights, of course, have 35 more games this season, making this record a bit of a foregone conclusion. Although given the incredibly early juncture in the season that this record could be broken, it certainly would be a testament to the speed at which this team has come together. In the way tonight are the New York Islanders, a team that beat the Golden Knights, 6-3, on October 30 in New York. Tonight's game starts at 7:00 PM on AT&T SportsNet. It can be heard on FOX Sports Radio, 98.9 FM/1340 AM. Here are three keys to tonight's game. Recap: CBJ 3, VGK 6 Karlsson scores twice in Golden Knights' 6-3 win 04:17 • January 23rd, 2018 1. No Den-isle, New York Can Score It isn't very often that the Golden Knights encounter a team that scores as often as they do. The Islanders are one of those teams. In fact, the teams' offensive outputs are nearly identical. The Golden Knights have 161 goals in 47 games (3.43 per game). The Islanders have 167 in 49 games (3.41 per game). These totals are second and third in the NHL, respectively, behind the Tampa Bay Lightning (3.50 goals per game). The Islanders' attack is centered around their captain and face of the franchise, John Tavares, whose 27 goals equal William Karlsson and is third in the league with 57 points. Although Tavares doesn't even have the most goals on his line. Left wing Anders Lee also has 27, while right wing and 2018 All-Star Josh Bailey is tied for ninth in the NHL with 54 points. Second-line center Mathew Barzal is probably the favorite to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year. The 20-year-old has 50 points in 49 games this season, including three goals and 10 assists in his past seven games. Recap: VGK 5, CAR 1 Miller, Fleury lead Golden Knights to 5-1 win 03:34 • January 21st, 2018 2. No Den-isle, New York Can Be Scored On No team in the NHL has more of a divide between strong offense and struggling defense than the Islanders. Their 178 goals-against in 49 games (3.63 goals per game) is by far the worst mark in the league. Part of New York's struggles have come from some inconsistent goaltending. Starter Jaroslav Halak has a 3.23 goals-against average, the highest among any team's starting goalie. Backup Thomas Greiss' 3.89 goals-against average is second from the bottom of any goalie to play this season, while his .886 save percentage is second from the bottom. In short, the Golden Knights have outshot their opponents in eight straight games and in 11 of the past 12. If they can generate these sorts of shots and maybe make a little extra emphasis on forcing the Islanders' struggling goalies to make save, goals are there to be scored. On the flipside, Marc-Andre Fleury used his winning performance on Tuesday against the Blue Jackets to take over the NHL lead in goals-against average (1.75) and save percentage (.944). VGK @ NYI Condensed Game: Golden Knights @ Islanders 08:49 • October 30th, 2017 3. Power Play Coming To Life? What was pretty impressive for the Golden Knights was that they continued to win games in January despite a power play that didn't score once between January 2 and January 21. Since then, Vegas has four power-play goals in two games. Much of the power play's resurrection should be credited to defenseman Colin Miller, who plays the point on the top unit. Not only has Miller scored two of these four power-play goals, but he also has four points in his past two games. The reason for Miller's success is his blazing slap shot. During his minor league days, he actually set the record in the AHL All-Star Game's Hardest Shot Competition by shooting 105.5 MPH as a member of the Manchester Monarchs (LA Kings). The beauty of Miller's shots is that by usually coming from far away from the other team's goal, they're not necessarily difficult to get off. And against a team like the Islanders that's struggled in goal, Miller's long distance, blazing slap shots could pose a problem. Can the Islanders limit Miller's time and space? If not, no Vegas player seems more poised to have a big offensive night tonight than this defenseman. And in the process, Miller is also the centerpiece of the team's revived power play.
  8. The Game Joe Pavelski will center the top line in place of Joe Thornton when the San Jose Sharks face the New York Rangers at SAP Center on Thursday. Thornton, who injured his right knee against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, is expected to miss at least two weeks. Pavelski will move from right wing, and Mikkel Boedker will move from the third to the first line at right wing. Forward Joonas Donskoi will return to the lineup after missing two games with the flu. Backup goaltender Ondrej Pavelec will start for the Rangers, who have lost three straight, and have been outscored 13-6 to begin a four-game road trip. Pavelec will make his first start since Jan. 13 (7-2 loss to the New York Islanders). He replaced Henrik Lundqvist, who was pulled after allowing three goals on seven shots, in the first period of a 6-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. Players to watch Rangers forward Rick Nash has scored two goals in three of his past five games. Sharks backup goaltender Aaron Dell has gone 4-0-1 with 12 goals allowed in his past five starts. They said it "You don't just fill in for somebody like that, but you can get it done as a line and you can work and compete. It doesn't change what we're trying to do, but you definitely lose just such a high-end caliber player." -- Sharks forward Joe Pavelski on playing without Joe Thornton "Every point is huge. We need a win. That's all that matters right now. We lost three in a row." -- Rangers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec Rangers projected lineup Rick Nash -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich Mats Zuccarello -- J.T. Miller -- Jimmy Vesey Michael Grabner -- Peter Holland -- Jesper Fast Paul Carey -- David Desharnais -- Vinni Lettieri Nick Holden -- Ryan McDonagh Brady Skjei -- Marc Staal Brendan Smith -- Tony DeAngelo Ondrej Pavelec Henrik Lundqvist Scratched: Steven Kampfer Injured: Kevin Hayes (leg contusion), Chris Kreider (rib surgery), Kevin Shattenkirk (knee surgery) Sharks projected lineup Timo Meier -- Joe Pavelski -- Mikkel Boedker Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Kevin Labanc Joonas Donskoi -- Chris Tierney -- Melker Karlsson Joel Ward -- Barclay Goodrow -- Marcus Sorensen Joakim Ryan -- Brent Burns Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun Brenden Dillon -- Dylan DeMelo Aaron Dell Troy Grosenick Scratched: Tim Heed, Jannik Hansen Injured: Joe Thornton (knee), Martin Jones (lower body) Status report Hayes skated and will be a game-time decision. ... The Rangers claimed forward Cody McLeod off waivers from the Nashville Predators on Thursday and sent forward Daniel Catenacci to Hartford of the American Hockey League. ... Jones practiced again but will miss his fourth straight game. He's expected to return after the all-star break. Stat pack Burns has six assists during a five-game point streak. ... Desharnais is expected to play his 500th career NHL game.
  9. All that stands between the Bolts and the three-day All-Star Break is a matchup against the Flyers in Philadelphia. The Flyers won the first meetingof the season at AMALIE Arena, scoring three second period goals en route to a 5-3 victory. Tampa Bay has won back-to-back games over Chicago and Nashville earlier this week, while the Flyers come in winners of four straight. Lines from Thursday's morning skate. Subject to change. Forwards Chris Kunitz - Steven Stamkos - Vladislav Namestnikov Tyler Johnson - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov Alex Killorn - Matthew Peca - Yanni Gourde Michael Bournival - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan Defensemen Jake Dotchin - Anton Stralman - Mikhail Sergachev Slater Koekkoek - Dan Girardi Braydon Coburn - Andrej Sustr Goaltenders Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start Thursday's Matchup The Lightning and the Flyers are playing their second of three meetings this season and the only one at Wells Fargo Center...Philadelphia defeated Tampa Bay 5-3 at AMALIE Arena on Dec. 29 in the second half of a back-to-back set for the Lightning, Peter Budaj stopping 29-of-33 shots and Nikita Kucherov recording a two-assist night in the loss for the Bolts...Tampa Bay lost in its last visit to Philadelphia, dropping a 4-2 decision Jan. 7, 2017 despite a 40-save effort (out of 44 shots) from Andrei Vasilevskiy...The Lightning have split their last eight matchups with the Flyers in Philadelphia, going 4-4-0...The Bolts are 16-21-1 with seven ties all-time in Philadelphia...The Lightning have split their last six meetings overall with the Flyers, going 3-3-0...The Bolts are 14-5-1 in their last 20 games overall against Philadelphia...Dan Girardi has more career regular season assists (28) and points (28) vs. PHI than any other NHL team...Brayden Point has points (1-2--3) in two-straight games vs. PHI...Ryan Callahan has more career regular season goals (18) and points (31) vs. PHI than any other NHL team...Nikita Kucherov has points (2-2--4) in three-straight games vs. PHI. Thursday's Storylines The Lightning are playing their fourth game in a stretch of eight-straight games away from AMALIE Arena, the longest such road stretch in the NHL this season...Tampa Bay paces the NHL for wins (33), points (69), ROW (31), goals (168) and goal differential (+46)...The Bolts are off to their best start in franchise history with 69 points through 48 games, five points better than the 64 points put up by the 2014-15 team (30-14-4) through 48 games...The Lightning lead the NHL for goals per game (3.50) and rank third for goals against per game (2.54) and are the only team in the top four in both categories. Injuries 2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 64 Current injuries Peter Budaj - Lower body (out indefinitely; injured Dec. 29) 11 Games Victor Hedman - Lower body (out 3 to 6 weeks; injured Jan. 11) 4 Games Ondrej Palat - Lower body (out 6 to 8 weeks; injured Jan. 20) 2 Games Transactions Jan. 21 - Recalled F Michael Bournival from AHL Syracuse Jan. 21 - Recalled F Matthew Peca from AHL Syracuse Jan. 16 - Recalled G Louis Domingue from AHL Syracuse Jan. 14 - F J.T. Brown claimed off waivers by Anaheim Jan. 13 - Re-assigned G Louis Domingue to AHL Syracuse Stammer Time Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos netted his 18th goal of the season Jan. 23 at NSH to end a nine-game goalless drought, his longest since going 10-consecutive games without a goal Nov. 25-Dec. 15, 2015...Stamkos also picked up career assist No. 299 Jan. 23 at NSH for his 15th multi-point game of the season (183rd career) and first since Dec. 28 vs. MTL...Stamkos has recorded an assist in six of his last nine games...Stamkos paces the Bolts for assists (38) and ranks tied for seventh in the NHL...Stamkos has recorded 38 assists in a season for just the third time in his career (44 in 2009-10 and 46 in 2010-11)...Stamkos was plus-3 Jan. 23 at NSH, tying a season high for plus/minus set previously Nov. 16 vs. DAL...Stamkos ranks tied for fourth in the NHL for scoring and third for powerplay scoring. Stamkos paces the NHL for power-play goals. Oh my Gourde Lightning rookie forward Yanni Gourde scored the game-winning overtime goal Jan. 23 at NSH for the second OT goal of his career (also: March 27, 2017 vs. CHI)...Gourde was the first player other than Brayden Point (3) to score an overtime goal for Tampa Bay this season...Gourde has scored a goal in two-consecutive games and ranks tied for fourth on the Lightning for goals (16)...Gourde is the sixth Tampa Bay rookie to record 16 or more goals in a season, joining Tyler Johnson (24), Ondrej Palat (23), Steven Stamkos (23), Brad Richards (21) and Brayden Point (21)...Since Dec. 1, Gourde has netted 10 goals, ranking tied for second on the Bolts and tied for 16th in the NHL for goals over that stretch.
  10. After the quick one game trip to Anaheim, the Sharks are back in San Jose where they face off tonight against the Central Division-leading Winnipeg Jets for another edition of the NHL's answer to West Side Story. It was a successful trip to Anaheim for the Sharks, as they emerged with two points after beating the Ducks 6-2. Mikkel Boedker scored twice - including his 100th career goal - as well as Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Kevin Labanc, Joe Thornton, and Melker Karlsson. Despite the lopsided score, the best player of the night for the Sharks - at least early on - was Aaron Dell, who kept the Sharks in the game as they weathered an early push by the Ducks. The game against the Ducks wrapped up an altogether successful weekend that saw the Sharks earn all four points against a Pacific Division rival and the defending Stanley Cup Champs. The Sharks are 5-1-0 since returning from the bye week, suggesting that the five day break was a much-needed respite for the team. The last time these two team met was the final game before the bye week, that saw the Jets beat the Sharks 4-1. The goal tonight will be for the Sharks to continue their strong play and hopefully return the favor.
  11. It was fun while it lasted, right? The Golden Knights sat atop the NHL with 66 points for about 24 hours following Sunday's 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, until the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Monday. The Lightning currently lead the NHL with 67 points and face the Nashville Predators this evening, although the Golden Knights' focus is on the Columbus Blue Jackets. Vegas' focus is also on its return to home ice. The Golden Knights meet the Blue Jackets tonight and New York Islanders on Thursday before heading into the All-Star Break, from which they'll return from to embark on a six-game road trip. Tonight's game against the Blue Jackets starts at 7:00 PM. Here are three keys to tonight's game. VGK Practice: Gallant 06:16 • January 22nd, 2018 1. Mess With Bobrovsky's Vision On a normal night, the recipe of keeping it simple and getting pucks to the net is pretty effective in the NHL. Against the Blue Jackets, a better effort is often needed to beat goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Bobrsovsky, a 29-year-old, Russian, is the NHL's reigning Vezina Trophy winner as the league's best goalie. He also won the award in 2012-13, and is unquestionably the Blue Jackets' MVP. Although Bobrovsky's 2.44 goals-against average and .920 save percentage this season are a bit below his normal standards, he's still accomplished enough that simply throwing pucks at the net is often not good enough. Bobrovsky easily gobbles up low percentage shots, and pretty much anything that he can see. Can the Golden Knights get bodies in front of Bobrovsky? Can they get him moving side-to-side? Only two of Vegas' five goals against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday would have been of "this" variety. It will be up to the Golden Knights to offensively step it up a notch to deal with Columbus' goalie. VGK Practice: Schmidt 02:37 • January 22nd, 2018 2. What Does Vegas' Power Play Do? One of the most promising aspects of Vegas' 5-1 win over Carolina on Sunday was its two power-play goals. This came after the Golden Knights hadn't scored on the man advantage since January 2, which had been a topic of conversation around the team for nearly three straight weeks. Can this be a factor against the Blue Jackets tonight? For Vegas to win, it may need to be. The Blue Jackets are an NHL-best 15-3-3 in one-goal games. For the Golden Knights to put enough distance between themselves and the Blue Jackets to avoid tumbling into a Columbus style of game, continued execution on the power play will probably be needed. The Blue Jackets are 23rd in the NHL on the penalty kill at 79.2 percent. VGK Practice: McNabb 02:12 • January 22nd, 2018 3. The One That Got Away? Virtually nobody faulted the Blue Jackets when they made William Karlsson available in the Expansion Draft. The Swede had only six goals all of last season for Columbus, and just nine the year before. On a team that finished with 108 points last season that's teeming with young talent, Karlsson was recognizably a bit behind on the Blue Jackets' depth chart. Since coming to Vegas, of course, Karlsson has been a revelation. His 25 goals are sixth in the NHL, only four behind Alexander Ovechkin for the team lead. Karlsson has more goals than anyone in the Western Conference. Maybe even more interesting is that Karlsson, a center, has 25 goals and this is more than every Blue Jackets center has combined for this season. Will Karlsson make his former team pay tonight? Given his success and the offensive struggles of Blue Jackets centers this season, all of the focus will be on Karlsson.
  12. The Lightning contnue their tough road trip with their third straight game against the Central divsion when they take on the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night in the Music City. Tampa Bay snapped a season-long three-game losing streak on Monday night in Chicago. Lines from Monday's game at Chicago. Subject to change. Forwards Chris Kunitz - Steven Stamkos - Vladislav Namestnikov Tyler Johnson - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov Yanni Gourde - Matthew Peca - Alex Killorn Michael Bournival - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan Defensemen Jake Dotchin - Anton Stralman Mikhail Sergachev - Dan Girardi Braydon Coburn - Andrej Sustr Slater Koekkoek Goaltenders Andrei Vasilevskiy or Louis Domingue Tuesday's Matchup The Lightning and the Predators are playing their first of two meetings this season and the only one at Bridgestone Arena...Tampa Bay was swept by Nashville last season, the Predators routing the Lightning 6-1 at AMALIE Arena on Jan. 5, 2017, tied for the Bolts' worst loss of the season, and winning 3-1 over the Bolts in Nashville on Nov. 21, 2016...The Lightning have lost six of their last seven matchups against the Predators...The Bolts haven't won in Nashville since a 2-1 overtime victory on Feb. 7, 2008, going 0-4-2 since...Tampa Bay is 5-6-2 all-time in Nashville..Lightning backup goaltender Louis Domingue has never lost in regulation to the Predators in his career, going 2-0-1 with a 1.28 GAA, .961 save percentage, one shutout and just four total goals allowed...Tyler Johnson scored both Tampa Bay goals versus Nashville last season and has goals in three-straight games vs. the Preds...Chris Kunitz is putting up 0.96 points per game (24 pts in 25 games) for his career vs. NSH, his highest regular season ppg average against any NHL team...Steven Stamkos is on a two-game goal streak vs. NSH (did not play against the Preds last year due to injury). Tuesday's Storylines The Lightning are playing the third game of a stretch of eight-straight games away from AMALIE Arena, the longest such road stretch in the NHL this season...Tampa Bay is completing its eighth of 13 back-to-back sets in 2017-18 tonight...The Bolts are 2-4-1 this season in the second half of a back-to-back set...Tampa Bay is off to its best start in franchise history with 67 points through 47 games, five points better than the 62 points put up by the 2014-15 team (29-14-4) through 47 games...The Lightning moved back into first place in the NHL with Monday's win and pace the NHL for wins (32), points (67), ROW (30) and goal differential (+45)...The Bolts lead the NHL for goals per game (3.49) and rank third for goals against per game (2.53) and are the only team in the top four in both categories Injuries 2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 61 Current injuries Peter Budaj - Lower body (out indefinitely; injured Dec. 29) 10 Games Victor Hedman - Lower body (out 3 to 6 weeks; injured Jan. 11) 3 Games Ondrej Palat - Lower body (out 6-8 weeks; injured Jan. 20) 1 game Transactions Jan 21 - Recalled forwards Matthew Peca and Michael Bournival from AHL Syracuse Jan. 16 - Recalled G Louis Domingue from AHL Syracuse Jan. 14 - F J.T. Brown claimed off waivers by Anaheim Jan. 13 - Re-assigned G Louis Domingue to AHL Syracuse Making a Point Lightning center Brayden Point picked up an assist Jan. 22 at CHI for his 24th assist of the season...Point has picked up at least one point in four of his last five games, recording 3-4--7 over that stretch...Point has set career highs for goals (19) and scoring (43 points) this season after tallying 18 goals and 40 points in 68 games during his rookie season in 2016-17. Oh my Gourde Tampa Bay rookie forward Yanni Gourde netted his 15th goal of the season Jan. 22 at CHI to pull into a tie with Vladislav Namestnikov for fifth-most goals on the Bolts...Since Dec. 1, Gourde has netted nine goals and ranks fourth on the Lightning for goals over that stretch...Gourde ranks tied for third among NHL rookies for goals and tied for fourth for scoring
  13. The Bolts have hit a touch of adversity, dropping three straight games after a 5-2 loss on Saturday in Minnesota. Luckily for Tampa Bay, a trip to Chicago may be what they need to get out of their funk. Dating back to the 2010-2011 season, the Bolts have gone 10-0-2 in regular season games against Chicago. The Blackhawks have also struggled recently, winning only once in their last four games. Lines from Saturday's game. Subject to change. Forwards Vladislav Namestnikov - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson Alex Killorn - Yanni Gourde - Chris Kunitz - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan Defensemen Mikhail Sergachev - Dan Girardi Slater Koekkoek - Anton Stralman Braydon Coburn - Jake Dotchin Andrej Sustr - Goaltenders Andrei Vasilevskiy or Louis Domingue Monday's Matchup The Lightning and the Blackhawks are playing the second of two regular season meetings this season and the only meeting at the United Center...Tampa Bay is on a 12-game point streak against Chicago, going 10-0-2 dating back to the 2010-11 season...The Bolts defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime earlier this season on Nov. 22 at AMALIE Arena, Brayden Point netting the power-play winner 3:25 into OT... Ryan Callahan recorded his only multi-point game of the season so far in that win, tallying two assists...The Lightning swept the two-game series from the Blackhawks last season, rallying from a 2-1 deficit after two periods by scoring four goals -- a season high for goals in a single period -- in the third to win 5-2 in Chicago on Jan. 24... Tyler Johnson scored a pair of goals 30 seconds apart, including the game-winner at 6:14 of the third, in that Lightning win...The Bolts completed the sweep behind a 5-4 overtime win at AMALIE Arena March 27, Yanni Gourde netting the game-winner 4:25 into OT... Victor Hedman tied a career high with three assists in that win...Tampa Bay has won four in a row over Chicago...The Bolts have gotten at least a point in five-straight games in Chicago, going 3-0-2 dating back to the 2010-11 season... Andrei Vasilevskiy is 3-0-0 with a .917 save percentage and 2.64 GAA in the regular season for his career vs. CHI... Steven Stamkos is averaging 1.5 points per game for his career vs. CHI, his third-highest ppg regular season average against any NHL team. Monday's Storylines The Lightning are playing the second game of a stretch of eight-straight games away from AMALIE Arena, the longest such road stretch in the NHL this season...Tampa Bay is starting its eighth of 13 back-to-back sets in 2017-18 tonight...The Bolts are 5-2-0 this season in the first half of a back-to-back set...The Lightning lead the NHL for wins (31), points (65) and ROW (29)...The Bolts are off to their best start in franchise history with 65 points through 46 games, five points better than the 60 points put up by the 2014-15 team (28-14-4) through 46 games...Tampa Bay leads the NHL for goals per game (3.52) and ranks fourth for goals allowed per game (2.59) and is the only NHL team in the top four in both categories... Alex Killorn will play in his 400th career NHL game tonight provided he's in the lineup. Injuries 2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 58 Current injuries Peter Budaj - Lower body (out indefinitely; injured Dec. 29) 9 Games Victor Hedman - Lower body (out 3 to 6 weeks; injured Jan. 11) 2 Games Transactions Jan. 16 - Recalled G Louis Domingue from AHL Syracuse Jan. 14 - F J.T. Brown claimed off waivers by Anaheim Jan. 13 - Re-assigned G Louis Domingue to AHL Syracuse Making a Point Tampa Bay center Brayden Point netted two goals Jan. 20 at MIN for his first multi-goal game of the season and fourth of his career...Point (19 goals) moved past Steven Stamkos (17) and into second place among the Bolts' goal leaders on Saturday...Point ranks tied for 21st in the NHL for goals...Point established a new career high for single season scoring with his 41st and 42nd points on Saturday, surpassing his total of 40 points from his rookie season in 2016-17...Point has tallied three goals and three assists over his last four games. Johnny on the Spot Lightning forward Tyler Johnson picked up two assists Jan. 20 at MIN for his ninth multi-point game of the season and 52nd of his career...Johnson has tallied points in five of his last six games (4-4--8)...Johnson has recorded at least one point in 19 of the last 23 games he's played (12-16--28) dating back to Nov. 25 and ranks tied for sixth in the NHL for scoring over that stretch...Johnson ranks tied for fifth in the league for goals (12) since Dec. 1...Johnson has 26 points in Dec. and Jan. combined after notching just 11 points in Oct. and Nov. combined.
  14. The Lighning's road-heavy schedule continues, as they begin a stretch of eight games away from home. The trip begins Saturday against the Wild and then continues with a back-to-back in Chicago and Nashville early next week. Tampa Bay has struggled recently, scoring only twice in their last two games. Saturday's meeting closes out the regular season series between the Bolts and Wild. In the first game, played in Tampa last month, the Bolts scored three late goals to pull away and win 3-0. Lines from Thursday's game. Subject to change. Forwards Chris Kunitz - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson Alex Killorn - Vladislav Namestnikov - Yanni Gourde Cory Conacher - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan Defensemen Mikhail Sergachev - Dan Girardi Slater Koekkoek - Anton Stralman Braydon Coburn - Jake Dotchin Goaltedners Andrei Vasilevskiy or Louis Domingue Saturday's Matchup The Lightning and the Wild are completing their two-game regular season series tonight and playing their only meeting at Xcel Energy Center...Tampa Bay has just two wins all-time in Minnesota, the least amount of road wins for the Bolts against a single team, and hasn't won in Minnesota since a 3-1 victory April 2, 2011...The Lightning are 0-4-1 in their last five games at Minnesota and have scored one goal or less in four of those five meetings...The Bolts are 2-8-1 all-time in Minnesota...Tampa Bay blanked Minnesota 3-0 in the teams' previous meeting this season on Dec. 23 at AMALIE Arena behind goals from Dan Girardi (goal, assist), Tyler Johnson and an empty-netter from Nikita Kucherov...Andrei Vasilevskiy made all 22 saves to record his fourth shutout of the season in that win and has never lost in regulation to Minnesota, posting a career 3-0-1 record with a .968 save percentage and 0.97 GAA vs. MIN...The Lightning have split the season series each of the last four seasons vs. MIN...Jake Dotchin has recorded an assist in twostraight games vs. MIN...Nikita Kucherov has tallied 3-1--4 over his last two games vs. MIN and has scored five goals in eight career games against the Wild. Saturday's Storylines The Lightning begin a stretch of eight-straight games on the road, sandwiched around the All-Star break, tonight in Minnesota for the longest road trip in the NHL this season...Tampa Bay will go 21 days between home contests (Jan. 18 vs. VGK to Feb. 8 vs. VAN), tied with Vancouver (Jan. 2-23) for the most days between home games in the NHL this season...The Bolts have yet to lose more than twoconsecutive games this season...The Lightning continue to pace the NHL for wins (31), points (65), ROW (29), points percentage (.722), goals (160) and goal differential (+46)...The Bolts are off to their best start in franchise history with 65 points through 45 games, seven points better than the 58 points put up by the 2013-14 team (27-14-4) and 2014-15 team (27-14-4) through 45 games. Injuries 2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 56 Current injuries Peter Budaj - Lower body (out indefinitely; injured Dec. 29) 8 Games Victor Hedman - Lower body (out 3 to 6 weeks; injured Jan. 11) 1 Game Transactions Jan. 16 - Recalled G Louis Domingue from AHL Syracuse Jan. 14 - F J.T. Brown claimed off waivers by Anaheim Jan. 13 - Re-assigned G Louis Domingue to AHL Syracuse Putting up Palat of points Tampa Bay left winger Ondrej Palat netted a power-play goal Jan. 18 vs. VGK to end a career-long 21-game goalless drought...Palat extended his point streak to a season-long four games, recording 1-4--5 over that stretch...Palat has taken 20 shots so far in January after taking just 21 in all of December (13 games). In the Nik of time Lightning right winger Nikita Kucherov tallied a power-play assist Jan. 18 vs. Vegas to record his team-leading 61st point of the season...Kucherov (98 career power-play points) moved past Roman Hamrlik (97) and into sole possession of ninth place among the Bolts' all-time power-play scoring leaders with his power-play assist on Thursday...Kucherov ranks tied for sixth in the NHL for powerplay scoring (3-19--22) and tied for fourth for power-play assists...Kucherov has points in five of his last six games (2-3--5) and 15 of his last 17 games (8-13--21)...Kucherov continues to pace the NHL for scoring. Kucherov leads the NHL with 24 even strength goals; he scored 23 even strength goals all of last season...Kucherov ranks second in the NHL for goals.
  15. It's a Sharks gameday again, as the Sharks play their second half of the back-to-back and third game in four days. People who love hockey love this week, with five games in seven days for Team Teal. The Sharks are coming off a satisfying 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings to close out their season series, winning three games to one. Chris Tierney, Barclay Goodrow, Mikkel Boedker, and Joe Thornton all scored (the latter on an empty net), while Martin Jones continued his dominance against his former club. After a thrilling 6-5 overtime win on Saturday that saw Joonas Donskoi put on a show, the Sharks are once again facing the Desert Dogs, this time on road ice. Both Martin Jones and Aaron Dell played in that game, but it looks like Aaron Dell getting the call tonight with Jones playing yesterday.

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