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Tampa Bay tries for team-record 11th straight win; Domingue in goal for New Jersey

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

LIGHTNING (27-13-4) AT DEVILS (16-21-7)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, SUN, NHL.TV


The Game

The Tampa Bay Lightning can set a team record with their 11th straight win when they play the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Sunday.

The Lightning defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday to match the New York Islanders (Oct. 12-Nov. 5) for the longest winning streak this season and their record set from Feb. 9-27, 2019. They have outscored opponents 43-17 during their current run.

Goalie Louis Domingue will start for the Devils after making 33 saves in a 5-1 win at the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Cory Schneider will back up after he was recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League.

Devils center Jack Hughes will play after he missed five games with an upper-body injury. Forward Kyle Palmieri (undisclosed) is out after he was injured against the Capitals.


Players to watch

Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is 8-0-0 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in his past eight games, including a second straight shutout Saturday.

Devils center Nico Hischier has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his past eight games.


They said it

"I think we are defending way better than what we have in the past. Our work ethic, our relentlessness. And it's good because we keep teams out of scoring chances." -- Lightning forward Yanni Gourde

"I just try not to get too high or too low when (the puck) is not going in. I try and bring the team something every game to help. When I can score a goal, great. If not, I have to do the little things right because that still counts to help the team." -- Devils center Nico Hischier


Lightning projected lineup

Steven Stamkos -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Tyler Johnson

Carter Verhaeghe -- Mitchell Stephens -- Yanni Gourde

Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Alexander Volkov

Victor Hedman -- Jan Rutta

Braydon Coburn -- Erik Cernak

Kevin Shattenkirk -- Mikhail Sergachev

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Luke Schenn

Injured: Ryan McDonagh (upper body), Ondrej Palat (lower body)


Devils projected lineup

Pavel Zacha -- Nico Hischier -- Jesper Bratt

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Nikita Gusev

Miles Wood -- Jack Hughes -- Wayne Simmonds

Jesper Boqvist -- Kevin Rooney -- John Hayden

Andy Greene -- P.K. Subban

Damon Severson -- Sami Vatanen

Will Butcher -- Connor Carrick

Louis Domingue

Cory Schneider

Scratched: Mirco Mueller

Injured: Ben Street (upper body), Mackenzie Blackwood (upper body), Kyle Palmieri (lower body)

Status report

Neither team held a morning skate. ... Maroon is questionable after the forward left the game Saturday with an upper-body injury 1:47 into the third period. ... Palat is day to day after the forward was injured against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. ... Goalie Evan Cormier was assigned to Binghamton.


Stat pack

The Lightning have won five in a row on the road and are 8-1-1 in their past 10 road games. ... Point has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past eight games. ... Stamkos has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in his past 10. ... Palmieri has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his past nine.

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