LIGHTNING (5-1-0) at DEVILS (4-1-0)
7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV
Forward Nikita Kucherov will attempt to extend his goal streak to seven games when the Tampa Bay Lightning face the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Tuesday.
Kucherov, who has 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in six games, scored twice in a 3-2 win at the Detroit Red Wings on Monday to lead the Lightning to their fourth straight win. Kucherov will try to become the second player in the past 30 years to score a goal in at least seven consecutive games to begin a season since Pittsburgh Penguins center Mario Lemieux scored 18 (38 points) in the first 12 games of the 1992-93 season.
Devils rookie Nico Hischier, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, will center left wing Taylor Hall to begin a game for the first time this season. Hischier has two assists, a plus-1 rating, and nine shots on goal, averaging 15:00 of ice time in five games.
Players to watch
Victor Hedman, who finished third in the voting for the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman last season, leads Tampa Bay in ice time (26:01).
Devils forward Miles Wood has three goals, a plus-4 rating and eight shots on goal in the past three games.
They said it
"[Kucherov] has so many assets, but his best is shooting the puck. He works at his game. He didn't show up to Tampa in September; he showed up in July. … And we're reaping the benefits of that." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper
"[Hischier] can help you win multiple ways. If he continues to progress and play the way he's played, the points and goals will come, but the most important thing is he helps you win. He's generating a lot of chances 5-on-5 and has been good defensively." -- Devils coach John Hynes
Lightning projected lineup
Vladislav Namestnikov -- Steven Stamkos -- Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Yanni Gourde
Chris Kunitz - Cedric Paquette -- Ryan Callahan
Alex Killorn -- Tyler Johnson
Victor Hedman -- Jake Dotchin
Mikhail Sergachev -- Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn -- Dan Girardi
Scratched: J.T. Brown, Gabriel Dumont, Andrej Sustr, Slater Koekkoek
Injured: Erik Condra (back)
Devils projected lineup
Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Drew Stafford
Marcus Johansson -- Adam Henrique -- Kyle Palmieri
Jesper Bratt -- Pavel Zacha -- Jimmy Hayes
Miles Wood -- Blake Coleman -- Brian Gibbons
Andy Greene -- Damon Severson
John Moore -- Steven Santini
Mirco Mueller -- Will Butcher
Scratched: Ben Lovejoy, Stefan Noesen, Dalton Prout
Injured: Travis Zajac (pectoral muscle)
The Lightning did not hold a morning skate. Budaj could make his season debut. ... Mueller will return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch the past two games. Hynes said forward Brian Boyle (chronic myeloid leukemia) is scheduled to skate and work out later this week.
Tampa Bay has scored at least one power-play goal in each of its first six games and can equal its franchise record for most consecutive games with a power-play goal to start a season (seven in 2002-03 and 2000-01). ... The Lightning have killed 11 straight power plays over the past two games. ... Butcher is the first rookie defenseman in NHL history to record at least eight assists in his first five career League games.