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Vegas eyes third straight win; Tampa Bay tries to extend point streak to six games

by Corey Long / Independent Correspondent

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (27-20-7) at LIGHTNING (32-15-5)



The Game

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to extend their point streak to six games when they host the Vegas Golden Knights at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

Tampa Bay is 4-0-1 in its past five games and has won three straight. The Lightning have outscored opponents 20-9 during the point streak. 

The Golden Knights have won two in a row and are 3-1-1 in their past five games. They will be playing in their seventh consecutive game on the road. 

With a win Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury can take sole possession of fifth place on the NHL all-time list. He is currently tied with New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist with 459 wins.


Players to Watch

Golden Knights forward Paul Stastny has six points (three goals, three assists) in the past five games.

Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is 13-0-2 in his past 15 starts. The Lightning record for longest point streak by a goalie is 16 games set by Nikolai Khabibulin (12-0, 4 ties, Feb. 15 - April 2, 2003)


They said it

"It's a good test for us. We know the skill and the offensive prowess that this team possesses so it's a good test for us defensively to see if we can keep some of their top guys down. You have to know who's on the ice at all times because that team can make you pay for mistakes." -- Golden Knights defensemen Jon Merrill

"When you play guys that good you just try to get traffic on them. Usually if they see the puck, they're going to stop it. So, we've got to get some greasy ones. We need to get pucks to the net and see what happens." -- Lightning forward Brayden Point on facing Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- Paul Stastny -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Chandler Stephenson -- Mark Stone

William Carrier -- Cody Eakin -- Alex Tuch

Tomas Nosek -- Nicolas Roy -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Nick Holden -- Shea Theodore

Jon Merrill -- Zach Whitecloud

Marc-Andre Fleury 

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Deryk Engelland

Injured: William Karlsson (upper body), Cody Glass (lower body)


Lightning projected lineup

Steven Stamkos -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat -- Anthony Cirelli -- Tyler Johnson

Alex Killorn -- Cedric Paquette -- Pat Maroon

Carter Verhaeghe -- Mitchell Stephens -- Yanni Gourde

Victor Hedman -- Jan Rutta

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Luke Schenn, Braydon Coburn

Injured: none


Status report

Neither team is expected to make lineup changes from their previous games. …Vegas held an optional skate after a full practice Monday. 


Stat Pack

Kucherov has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) during a seven-game point streak. …Stamkos has 12 points (six points, six assists) during a seven-game point streak. …Theodore has seven assists in the past six games. …Stone has five points (two goals, three assists) in the past five games.

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