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Jets at Lightning preview

Winnipeg 5-1-1 in past seven games; Tampa Bay goes for fourth straight win

by Corey Long / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

JETS (11-8-1) at LIGHTNING (9-5-2)

4 p.m. ET; SUN, TSN3, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to extend their winning streak to four games when they play the Winnipeg Jets at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

The Lightning defeated the New York Rangers 9-3 at home Thursday in their first game since winning both games of the 2019 NHL Global Series against the Buffalo Sabres in Stockholm last weekend. Their nine goals and five power-play goals against the Rangers tied Lightning records. 

Tampa Bay forward Steven Stamkos needs one goal for 400 in the NHL. He had a goal and two assists Thursday.

Winnipeg is 5-1-1 in its past seven games after defeating the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Thursday. Forwards Patrik Laine (three assists) and Mark Scheifele (goal, two assists) each had three points.  

This is the second game of a four-game road trip for the Jets. 

 

Players to watch

Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers has nine points (six goals, three assists) in eight games against the Lightning

Lightning forward Yanni Gourde has seven points (four goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak

 

They said it

"You want to be good on road trips, of course. We've started this season really well on our away game, and we want to continue doing that. We're doing what we need to do to give ourselves a chance to win these games and this road trip started well [Thursday]. -- Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers

"Obviously winning that big and playing [well] for the game, you know, it just builds confidence. From the games in Sweden to [Thursday], we've just got to keep building, keep on playing the right way, and good things will happen." -- Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli

 

Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Mathieu Perreault

Joona Luoto -- David Gustafsson -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Dmitry Kulikov -- Neal Pionk

Nathan Beaulieu -- Luca Sbisa

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Carl Dahlstrom, Michael Spacek

Injured: Mark Letestu (upper body), Mason Appleton (lower body), Bryan Little (upper body), Gabriel Bourque (lower body)

 

Lightning projected lineup

Tyler Johnson -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat -- Steven Stamkos -- Carter Verhaeghe

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Mathieu Joseph

Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Yanni Gourde

Victor Hedman -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev -- Luke Schenn

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Braydon Coburn, Jan Rutta

Injured: None

 

Status report 

Each team held a full practice in Tampa on Friday. 

 

Stat pack

Shattenkirk has eight points (goal, seven assists) during a five-game point streak. … Killorn has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past three games. … Scheifele has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past four games. … Connor has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past seven games. 

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