The Tampa Bay Lightning are on the road Tuesday to play the Dallas Stars for just the second time this season. Tampa Bay snapped a 4-game losing skid with a 5-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night. Tampa Bay backup goalie Brian Elliott stopped each of the 28 shots he faced. Ongrej Palat and Corey Perry scored goals 17 seconds apart during the first period for the Lightning. Tampa Bay is 44-20-8 with 96 points. The Lightning are third in the Atlantic division and the first three teams from each division in the NHL receive an automatic berth in the playoffs but the Lightning are only one point ahead of fourth place Boston.The Dallas Stars snapped a two-game skid with a 6-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Jason Robertson scored a pair of goals to help lead Dallas to the victory. The victory improved Dallas to 41-27-4 and 86 points. The Stars are seventh in the Western Conference and hold the second wild card spot in the conference. Dallas trails Nashville, the holder of the top wildcard spot, by just a single point and the Stars are two points ahead of third place Vegas in the wildcard chase with 10 games to play. The puck drops at 930pm EST.
Tampa Bay is strong at both ends of the iceTampa Bay is scoring an average of 3.29 goals per game which is 9th best in the NHL. The Lightning take an average of 30.6 shots per game which is 17th in the league and Tampa Bay wins 50.1 percent of its face-offs which is 16th. The Tampa Bay power play scores 21.6% of the time, which is 13th best in the league. Veteran Steven Stamkos is the goal scoring leader for Tampa Bay with 32 and Brayden Point is second with 27. Victor Hedman has 49 assists to lead Tampa Bay and Stamkos is second with 48. Stamkos is the overall points leader with 80.
Tampa Bay has a goals-against-average of 2.76 which is 10th best in the NHL. Tampa Bay is allowing opponents to average 29.8 shots per game which is 7th best in the league. Tampa Bay's penalty-kill unit is successful 81.4% of the time which is 11th best. Andrei Vasilevskiy is 35-16-5 with a 2.45 goals-against-average and .917 save percentage. The Russian has two shutouts this season.
Injury Report: Brent Seabrook is out.
Dallas Gives Up too much in its own endDallas has a goals-against average of 2.99 goals per game which is 16th in the NHL. The Stars are allowing opponents to take an average of 30.8 shots per game which is 12th. The Dallas penalty-kill unit is 18th best in the NHL, successfully holding opponents scoreless when short-handed 79.9% of the time. Jake Oettinger is 26-13-1 with a 2.53 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. The Minnesota native has one shutout. Oettinger has lost two of his last four games.
Dallas is scoring an average of 2.92 goals per game which is 19th in the NHL. The Stars are averaging 30.5 shots per game which is also 19th but are strong in the faceoff circle, winning 54.4% of their faceoffs, which is second in the league. The Dallas power play is 13th best, scoring 21.5% of the time with the man advantage. Jason Robertson has scored 34 goals to lead Dallas, while Roope Hintz has scored 31. Joe Pavelski is the leader in assists with 45 and the overall points leader with 72. Dallas has scored 48 power play goals in 72 games.
Injury Report: Braden Holtby is out.
- Dallas is 1-4 in the last 5 after scoring 5 or more goals the previous game
- Tampa Bay is 39-17 in the last 56 when the favorite
- The Lightning are 4-1 in the last 5 against a team from the Central division