The Vegas Golden Knights (27-20-7, 61 points) continue their trek through the east coast on Tuesday when visiting the Tampa Bay Lightning (32-15-5, 69 points). Vegas won its second straight game with a 3-0 shutout over the Nashville Predators on Saturday. The Golden Knights must be road weary as Vegas will play its seventh straight road game when visiting Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay has won three straight and four of its last five. The Lightning have inched closer to first-place Boston in the Atlantic division and now trail the Bruins by just five points. The Lightning defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-0 in their most recent outing. Steve Stamkos, Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov scored for the Lightning.
Vegas plays seventh straight on the roadThe Golden Knights have not played on their home ice since January 14th and will be playing the seventh-game of an eight-game road trip on Tuesday when visiting the Lightning. Vegas Is 3-3 through its first six games of the road trip and is in third place in the Pacific Division four points behind first-place Vancouver.
Max Pacioretty paces the Golden Knights in goals scored with 21 and in points with 48. Mark Stone is the leader for Vegas in assists with 30. The defense for Vegas is allowing an average of 2.98 goals per game and the offense is generating an average of 3.06 goals per game. The Vegas power play is successful 21.6% of the time while the penalty kill has a success rate of 79.8%.
Tampa Bay Inching Closer to the Top of Atlantic Division
Tampa Bay is now within sight of the Boston Bruins at the top of the Atlantic division. The Lightning have won three straight and 15 of their last 18 overall. During their current three-game winning streak, the defense has given up just five goals, with one shut out, while the offense has scored 11.
Nikita Kucherov has taken the lead in all three top offensive stats categories. The Tampa Bay right winger is leading the team in goals scored with 24 as well as assists with 37 and overall points with 61. Tampa Bay defense is giving up an average of just 2.79 goals-per-game while the offense generates a hardy 3.58 goals-per-game. Tampa Bay's power play is successful 25.3% of the time while its penalty kill works 83.6% of the time
- Tampa Bay is 11-3 in the last 14 following a victory
- The Lightning are 45-19 in the last 65 at home
- Vegas is 2-6 in the last eight versus an Atlantic division team
- The Golden Knights are 2-5 in the last seven versus a team from the Eastern Conference