Tampa Bay Seeks to Close Out Homestand with Second Win
The Tampa Bay Lightning will seek to keep their four game point streak alive as they face off against a visitor from the other coast tonight at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Their opponent in tonight’s contest will be the San Jose Sharks, who have been cutting a predatory swath through the league so far this season with a 6-2 start, which matches the franchise best after eight games set in 2005-06.
The Lightning, fresh off their first win of the season, an overtime victory against Atlanta, are expected to unveiled two new faces in the starting lineup, recent acquisitions defenseman Marek Malik and forward Matt Pettinger.
For the visiting Sharks, tonight’s game will be the concluding game in a three game east coast road swing which has seen them defeat the Philadelphia Flyers in a wild 7-6 shootout win on Wednesday and then lose to the Florida Panthers in Sunrise last night, 4-3.
Tonight’s battle will also mark a homecoming for Dan Boyle and Matt Carle, as they face their former teams for the first time since they were swapped in the off-season. Former Lightning player Brad Lukowich will also be appearing in Tampa for the first time since the trade.
San Jose has rolled out a high scoring attack so far this season and they are currently in second place in goals scored with 27. As befitting a team which showcases players like Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton, the Shark’s power play has been converting at a brisk 19% success clip. They will be facing a Tampa Bay Lightning penalty kill unit which has been successful in killing off shorthanded situations 87.2 % of the time, 7th best in the NHL overall.
Tonight’s game will conclude the Lightning home stand, but only briefly, as they head to Toronto and Buffalo for two contests before returning to the St. Pete Times Forum on November 1st.