PENGUINS (33-14-5) at LIGHTNING (33-15-5)
7 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, TVAS, SUN, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV
Andrei Vasilevskiy can record the longest point streak by a goalie in Tampa Bay Lightning history when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena on Thursday.
Vasilevskiy will try for a point in his 17th straight game; he's 14-0-2 with a 2.10 goals-against average, .930 save percentage and two shutouts in his past 16 starts. He is tied with Nikolai Khabibulin, who was 12-0 with four ties for the Lightning from Feb. 15-April 2, 2003.
Tampa Bay, in second place in the Atlantic Division, seeks its fifth straight victory and eighth in a row at home. The Lightning are 16-2-1 in their past 19 games overall.
The Penguins, in second place in the Metropolitan Division, seek their third consecutive win. They're 8-2-0 in their past 10 games and 16-4-1 in their past 21.
Goalie Matt Murray is expected to start and will try to win for the seventh straight time; he's 6-0-0 with a 2.63 GAA and .922 save percentage in his past six starts.
Players to watch
Penguins center Sidney Crosby has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in seven games since returning from core muscle surgery.
Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov, who will play in his 500th NHL game, has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in an eight-game point streak.
They said it
"It's a huge test for us. We're probably playing the best teams right now. And finally we're playing like a tight group and a full 60 minutes. We're playing better in the [defensive] zone. It's like [playing] playoff games." -- Penguins center Evgeni Malkin
"It's an adjustment going from my left to right side, but it's fine. I've played there before. It's all good, especially playing with [Victor Hedman]. He's going to make life easy for me." -- Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev on moving to Tampa Bay's first defense pair
Penguins projected lineup
Jared McCann -- Sidney Crosby -- Dominik Simon
Bryan Rust -- Evgeni Malkin -- Patric Hornqvist
Zach Aston-Reese -- Teddy Blueger -- Brandon Tanev
Andrew Agozzino -- Sam Lafferty -- Anthony Angello
Jack Johnson -- Kris Letang
Marcus Pettersson -- John Marino
Chad Ruhwedel -- Justin Schultz
Scratched: Juuso Riikola, Alex Galchenyuk
Injured: Nick Bjugstad (lower body), Dominik Kahun (concussion), Jake Guentzel (upper body), Brian Dumoulin (lower body)
Lightning projected lineup
Steven Stamkos -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat -- Anthony Cirelli -- Tyler Johnson
Alex Killorn -- Cedric Paquette -- Pat Maroon
Carter Verhaeghe -- Mitchell Stephens -- Yanni Gourde
Victor Hedman -- Mikhail Sergachev
Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak
Braydon Coburn -- Kevin Shattenkirk
Scratched: Luke Schenn
Injured: Jan Rutta (lower body)
Rutta, a defenseman, was at the morning skate using a knee cart and will miss an extended period of time. The injury is not season-ending, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. … Each team held an optional morning skate Thursday.
Stamkos has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in an eight-game point streak. … Malkin has 51 points (23 goals, 28 assists) in 38 games against Tampa Bay.