Tampa Bay comes in riding a two-game win streak and a 6-3-1 record over their last 10 games. Overall on the season, the Lightning (13-19-10) are in fourth place in the Southeast Division, trailing the Florida Panthers by 10 points.
The Lightning depend heavily on the core players to score, and lately the big guns have been stepping up production. Forward Vaclav Prospal has a seven consecutive game point streak going and Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay’s leading scorer, has 14 points in the last eight games.
San Jose, 31-5-5, is dominating the Pacific Division and currently sits atop the pack, holding the best record among all teams in the NHL. After playing 22 games in their home arena, they have yet to disappoint their fans with a loss. They are on pace to eclipse the all-time single-season points mark of 132, set by the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens.
The Sharks are led by Joe Thornton with 49 points and Patrick Marleau with 29 goals. Their high-flying offense boasts five players with 11 or more goals on the season.
Following tonight’s game, the Lightning take the red-eye back home to Tampa to prepare for the Philadelphia Flyers on January 15th at the St. Pete Times Forum.