Several streaks will be on the line Saturday night as the Winnipeg Jets make their first visit to Tampa, Fla., to face division foe Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov is riding a six-game scoring streak (three goals, five assists during the streak), tied for the longest active streak in the NHL. Just behind him is Lightning forward Steven Stamkos, with a five-game streak (five goals, one assist). Saturday is the 12th Annual Tampa Bay Fights Cancer night, and the Lightning are undefeated the previous 11 nights.
The most noteworthy streak going into the game Saturday is the 11 consecutive wins Tampa Bay boasts against the Jets franchise (dating back to their time in Atlanta), the longest-active win streak by one team against another. Although the team won all six games against the franchise last season, coach Guy Boucher quickly dismissed any significance.
“I never look at that,” Boucher said. “Each year is different and to me, it’s not about a franchise, it’s about the players that are on the ice at that particular moment. If the Boston Red Sox would have thought only of the past, they never would have won a world’s championship. It’s all about today.”
Here are the expected lineups for both clubs:
Martin St. Louis - Steven Stamkos - Brett Connolly
Ryan Malone - Vincent Lecavalier - Steve Downie
Ryan Shannon - Dominic Moore - Teddy Purcell
Adam Hall - Nate Thompson - Tom Pyatt
Victor Hedman - Eric Brewer
Brett Clark - Pavel Kubina
Marc-Andre Bergeron - Bruno Gervais
Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Kyle Wellwood
Alexander Burmistrov - Nik Antropov - Evander Kane
Kenndal McArdle - Tim Stapleton - Blake Wheeler
Tanner Glass - Jim Slater - Chris Thorburn
Tobias Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien
Mark Stuart - Zach Bogosian
Randy Jones - Johnny Oduya