PANTHERS (18-12-5) at LIGHTNING (17-13-4)
7 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-F, NHL.TV
The Florida Panthers will aim for a season-long four-game winning streak when they play the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Monday.
Florida has outscored its opponents 17-7 while winning the past three games. The Panthers finished a back to back with a 4-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.
Panthers forward Noel Acciari, who had eight points (seven goals, one assist) in three games, was named NHL First Star for the week ending Dec. 22.
The Lightning are 1-2-1 in their past four games. They lost 3-1 to the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
Forward Tyler Johnson will not play for the Lightning because of a lower-body injury.
Players to watch
Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) during a three-game multipoint streak.
Lighting forward Nikita Kucherov has six points (two goals, four assists) during a five-game point streak. He needs one point for 500 in the NHL.
They said it
"It really is [an important game]. Everybody is so close. Obviously, there is a lot of hockey left, but we know these are four-point games and this could be the difference between getting in [the Stanley Cup Playoffs], it could be the difference in getting a seed on home ice." -- Panthers coach Joel Quenneville
"Every game is important for us [for] where we are in the standings, especially against a team ahead of us. We had a good game, I thought, against [the Panthers] last time (a 2-1 win on Dec. 10). So, we'll look to have the same approach." -- Lightning captain Steven Stamkos
Panthers projected lineup
Frank Vatrano -- Aleksander Barkov -- Brett Connolly
Jonathan Huberdeau -- Vincent Trocheck -- Noel Acciari
Mike Hoffman -- Brian Boyle -- Evgenii Dadonov
Colton Sceviour -- Dominic Toninato -- Mark Pysyk
MacKenzie Weegar -- Aaron Ekblad
Mike Matheson -- Anton Stralman
Keith Yandle -- Josh Brown
Scratched: Jayce Hawryluk, Denis Malgin
Lightning projected lineup
Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Steven Stamkos
Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Yanni Gourde
Carter Verhaeghe -- Mitchell Stephens -- Mathieu Joseph
Victor Hedman -- Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev -- Kevin Shattenkirk
Injured: Tyler Johnson (lower body), Braydon Coburn (lower body)
Scratched: Luke Schenn
Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Johnson aggravated the injury that caused him to miss four games earlier this month. ... Joseph was recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Monday and will replace Johnson in the lineup.
Barkov has four points (goal, three assists) in a three-game point streak. ...Point has five points (three goals, two assists) in the past five games. ...Killorn has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past 10 games.