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Vegas tries to end four-game skid; Point game-time decision for Tampa Bay

by Corey Long / Correspondent

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (29-21-4) at LIGHTNING (39-11-2)



The Game

The Vegas Golden Knights will try to end a four-game losing streak when they play the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

The losing streak is the longest in Vegas' two NHL seasons. The Golden Knights have scored two or fewer goals in five of its past six games.

Lightning center Brayden Point (lower-body injury) will be a game-time decision after not playing in a 3-2 win against the New York Rangers on Saturday. Point leads the Lightning with 30 goals.

Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy will start for the Lightning, who are 7-3-0 in their past 10 games.


Players to watch

Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty has five points (four goals, one assist) in his past five games.

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past five games.


They said it

"There's no better way to get out of a slump than to play the best team in the League. Our guys are fired up about it. You've got to give everything you've got in order to win the game." -- Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt

"On the statistic side [Vegas] has lost four straight. But if you are really watching their games, they might be playing as good a hockey as they have all year. I think they deserved a better fate in a lot of these games." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Valentin Zykov

Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Alex Tuch

Brandon Pirri -- Cody Eakin -- Reilly Smith

Tomas Nosek -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Shea Theodore -- Deryk Engelland

Jon Merrill -- Colin Miller

Marc-Andre Fleury

Maxime Lagace

Scratched: Jake Bischoff , Oscar Lindberg, Ryan Carpenter

Injured: Erik Haula (lower body), William Carrier (undisclosed), Nick Holden (undisclosed), Malcolm Subban (illness)

Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Steven Stamkos -- Nikita Kucherov

Yanni Gourde -- Tyler Johnson -- Mathieu Joseph

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- J.T. Miller

Adam Erne -- Cedric Paquette -- Ryan Callahan

Victor Hedman -- Anton Stralman

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Braydon Coburn -- Mikhail Sergachev

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Louis Domingue

Scratched: Danick Martel, Dan Girardi

Injured: Brayden Point (lower body)


Status report

Subban joined the Golden Knights late in their optional skate but Lagace will be the backup. ... Point took part in the Lightning's optional morning skate after missing practice Monday. If he plays, Callahan likely will be a healthy scratch.


Stat pack

Tuch has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in the past 15 games. Karlsson has one goal in his past 13 games. ... Kucherov has five assists in his past seven games but hasn't scored a goal since Jan. 12 against the Buffalo Sabres. Vasilevskiy has three shutouts in his past eight starts.

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