The Lightning face the Blackhawks in the first half of a back-to-back on Thursday night in Chicago.
When: Thursday, March 4 - 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: United Center - Chicago, IL
TV coverage: FOX Sports Sun (check local listings)
Radio coverage: 970 WFLA-AM, Lightning Power Play
Where to stream it: FOX Sports GO, NHL.TV
Lines from Tuesday's game (subject to change)
Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Steven Stamkos
Barclay Goodrow - Yanni Gourde - Blake Coleman
Pat Maroon - Ross Colton - Mathieu Joseph
Victor Hedman - Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Cal Foote
The Lightning and the Blackhawks are playing their third of eight meetings this season and the first at the United Center...Tampa Bay swept a two-game set from Chicago to open the 2020-21 regular season, defeating the Blackhawks 5-1 on Opening Night Jan. 13 and following with a 5-2 win on Jan. 15... Steven Stamkos recorded multiple points in both contests and leads the Lightning for scoring versus Chicago (2-3--5 pts.) this season...Ondrej Palat scored a goal in each of the first two meetings versus Chicago...Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped a combined 57-of-60 shots to earn the win in both contests versus Chicago...Tampa Bay has won four in a row at the United Center, outscoring the Blackhawks a combined 17-7...The Lightning earned a 4-2 win their last trip to Chicago Nov. 21, 2019, Brayden Point netting the game-winner at 12:23 of the third period and Curtis McElhinney stopping 32-of-34 shots for his third win as a member of the Bolts...Tampa Bay has won 10 of its last 11 games against Chicago...The Lightning have earned points in 18 of the last 19 games against Chicago, going 16-1-2 versus the Blackhawks since the start of the 2010-11 season.
The Lightning are playing the second game on a season-long six-games-in-10-days road trip...Tampa Bay has won five-straight games coming into tonight's contest, the longest active win streak in the NHL and the Bolts' second longest of the season (longest: 6-straight wins Jan. 30-Feb. 9)...The Lightning have outscored their opponents 17-3 on their five-game win streak...The Bolts have connected on 5-of-17 power-play opportunities (29.4%) and are 18-of-19 on the penalty kill (94.7%) on their five-game run...Tampa Bay has killed 17-consecutive opponent power plays going back to Feb. 22 and hasn't allowed a power-play goal in four-straight games...The Lightning penalty kill now leads the NHL for penalty kill percentage at 88.6% (2nd: COL - 88.3%)...Tampa Bay owns the top goal differential (+32) in the NHL (2nd: TOR - +26)...The Lightning lead the Central Division on point percentage (.775) and are tied for first with Carolina on points (31)...The Bolts own the second-best point percentage in the NHL (1st: TOR - .783)...The Lightning lead the League for both goals scored per game at 3.55 (2nd: TOR - 3.52) and fewest goals allowed per game at 1.95 (2nd: VGK 2.17)...Tampa Bay begins its third of nine back-to-back sets this season...The Lightning are 2-0-0 in the first half of a back-to-back and have swept both of their previous back-to-backs this season.
2020-21 Reg. Season Man Games Lost: 46
Nikita Kucherov (Hip surgery Dec. 29; Out) 20 Games
Mitchell Stephens (Lower-body injury; Out indefinitely) 16 Games
The Road Ahead
Friday, March 5 at Chicago Blackhawks
Sunday, March 7 at Chicago Blackhawks
Tuesday, March 9 at Detroit Red Wings
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