LIGHTNING (25-24-8) at AVALANCHE (16-38-2)
8 p.m. ET; ALT, SUN, NHL.TV
Lightning team scope
Goalie Ben Bishop is expected to start for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are 3-0-2 in their past five games and 2-0-3 in their past five road games, but six points out of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The Lightning lost 4-3 in overtime to the Dallas Stars on Saturday in their first game after a six-day break. They're 2-4-4 in the second game of a back-to-back set. "We've got to start getting two (points) instead of just one," coach Jon Cooper told the Tampa Bay Times. "But I can't sit here and say we didn't leave it all out there. Look at all these teams that come out of the break and not winning. I thought we gave ourselves every chance to win the game. Unfortunately, we didn't." Forward Tyler Johnson had a goal and an assist after missing two games with a lower-body injury. The Lightning are 1-4-2 in their past seven games at Pepsi Center.
Avalanche team scope
The Colorado Avalanche open a two-game homestand attempting to win their second game in a row, matching their season high. The Avalanche didn't have a morning skate but goalie Calvin Pickard is expected to start after he made 28 saves in a 2-1 overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday to end a five-game road trip. The Avalanche ended a five-game losing streak and went 1-4-0 on the trip. "We're trying not to be a group that comes up with excuses," defenseman Tyson Barrie told the Avalanche website. "We've obviously had our struggles this year, and now is not the time to start doing it. We just show up every day, and we know we still got fans watching and fans that really care about our team." Colorado is 7-19-1 at Pepsi Center, including 2-1-0 in the past three games. Forward Mikko Rantanen is ninth among NHL rookies with 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists). Forward Carl Soderberg will play his 300th NHL game.
Lightning projected lineup
Vladislav Namestnikov -- Tyler Johnson -- Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn -- Brayden Point -- Jonathan Drouin
Ondrej Palat -- Valtteri Filppula -- Brian Boyle
Gabriel Dumont -- Cedric Paquette -- J.T. Brown
Victor Hedman -- Jake Dotchin
Jason Garrison -- Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn -- Andrej Sustr
Scratched: Luke Witkowski
Injured: Ryan Callahan (lower body), Steven Stamkos (knee)
Avalanche projected lineup
Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Matt Nieto
Blake Comeau -- Matt Duchene -- Mikko Rantanen
Mikhail Grigorenko -- John Mitchell -- Jarome Iginla
Andreas Martinsen -- Carl Soderberg -- Joe Colborne
Fedor Tyutin -- Tyson Barrie
Francois Beauchemin -- Nikita Zadorov
Patrick Wiercioch -- Mark Barberio
Scratched: Cody Goloubef
Injured: Rene Bourque (head), Erik Johnson (broken fibula), Semyon Varlamov (hip surgery)
The Lightning reassigned forward Cory Conacher to Syracuse of the American Hockey League.
Point has four points (two goals, two assists) in a three-game streak. ... Johnson has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past eight games. ... Hedman has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past seven games. ... Killorn has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past eight games. ... Kucherov has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past six games. ... Rantanen has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past eight games.