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Tampa Bay 9-0-1 in past 10 vs. Pacific Division; Doughty's 460-game streak ends for Los Angeles

by Dan Greenspan / Independent Correspondent

LIGHTNING (29-15-5) at KINGS (18-27-5)

10 p.m. ET; NBCSN


The Game

Drew Doughty's consecutive games played streak will end at 460 when the Los Angeles Kings host the Tampa Bay Lightning at Staples Center on Wednesday.

The defenseman, who has not practiced since leaving practice early on Sunday because of an undisclosed injury and did not participate in an optional morning skate Wednesday, had not missed a game since the start of the 2014-15 season. It is the longest games played streak in Kings history and was the fifth-longest active streak in the NHL.

Los Angeles which is 0-3-1 in its past four games and 3-9-2 in its past 14 games, has not played since Jan. 18 because of the League-mandated five-day break and the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend. This is its first home game since a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Jan. 8. 

The Lightning, second in the Atlantic Division, are 2-2-1 in their past five games following a 10-game winning streak. Tampa Bay is 5-0-0 against the Pacific Division this season and has a 10-game point streak (9-0-1) against Pacific Division teams.


Players to watch

Lightning forward Steven Stamkos has six points (three goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak. 

Kings forward Dustin Brown has three points (two goals, one assist) in a three-game point streak.


They said it

"I don't even know what to say. It's just one of those times when you're doing good against some divisions. … Hopefully the streak continues." -- Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov

"I always feel like we're on the losing end of a 3-2 game. If we can find a way to earn one more goal, whether it's on the power play or a nice 3-on-2 play, and to take one of theirs away … then we'll be on the winning end of a lot of those games." -- Kings defenseman Ben Hutton


Lightning projected lineup

Steven Stamkos -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov  

Ondrej Palat -- Anthony Cirelli -- Tyler Johnson   

Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Alex Killorn

Carter Verhaeghe -- Mitchell Stephens -- Yanni Gourde  

Victor Hedman -- Jan Rutta

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev -- Kevin Shattenkirk   

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Braydon Coburn, Luke Schenn

Injured: None


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Adrian Kempe -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner

Nikolai Prokhorkin -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli  

Kyle Clifford -- Michael Amadio -- Trevor Lewis  

Alec Martinez -- Joakim RyanSean Walker -- Ben Hutton

Kurtis MacDermid -- Matt Roy  

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Derek Forbort, Matt Luff

Injured: Drew Doughty (undisclosed) 


Status report

Vasilevskiy is expected to start after not participating in an optional skate Wednesday. … Stamkos will play after being held out of practice Tuesday for maintenance, Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. … Ryan was activated from injured reserve on Wednesday after missing 10 games because of a lower-body injury. … Lizotte will return after missing five games because of a lower-body injury.


Stat pack

Doughty has 494 points (116 goals, 378 assists) in 902 NHL games and is tied with Rob Blake (161 goals, 333 assists in 805 games) for most points by a defenseman in Kings history. … Kucherov has seven points (five goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak. ... The four players with longer active games-played streaks than Doughty are Keith Yandle (846), Patrick Marleau (835), Phil Kessel (825) and Brent Burns (522).

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