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Last 10: Tampa Bay (5-2-3); Los Angeles (5-3-2)
Season Series: Tonight marks the only meeting between the two clubs this season. Last year the Lightning won on the road at the Staples Center, extending Tampa Bay’s record to 10-1-2 all-time against Los Angeles away from home.
Big Story: Both the Lightning and Kings enter tonight in a relative position of each other in goals against average. Los Angeles ranks 23rd in the NHL with a mark of 3.05, while Tampa Bay comes in at 17th posting an average of 2.88. Even with high-scorers such as Steven Stamkos, Ryan Malone, Anze Kopitar and Ryan Smyth, the outcome of the contest could depend on the matchup between two of the league’s hottest goaltenders in Antero Niittymaki, who is tied for second in the league with a 2.05 GAA and whose .937 SV% is second to the league best, and Jonathan Quick who is tied for second in the NHL with 10 wins.
LIGHTNING – The Bolts bring a lot of momentum into tonight’s game, stemming from a few recent high points. The Lightning are fresh off of a come-from-behind win at home against Minnesota on Thursday, in which Tampa Bay scored two goals in the final period and went on to beat the Wild 4-3 in a shootout. Steven Stamkos, the team leader with 13 goals, netted the game-deciding goal and earned Tampa Bay its first shootout victory of the season. In addition, the win allowed the Lightning to remain the Eastern Conference’s only team, and one of two in the entire NHL, without a regulation loss at home, posting a 5-0-3 record at the St. Pete Times Forum.
KINGS – Anze Kopitar has tied Alex Ovechkin for the league lead in goals with 14, and his 30 points are six more than the Rangers’ Marian Gaborik. Despite the potent point production, Los Angeles has lost three out of its last four, with the Kings’ last victory coming Wednesday with a 5-2 win at Carolina. In a roster addition, the Kings recently added defenseman Randy Jones after claiming him off waivers from Philadelphia.
- Steven Stamkos has totaled 10 goals in his previous 10 games, and is tied for second in the NHL for goals with 13, and is tied for a league-best six power play markers.
- Ryan Malone has scored three goals in his previous four games.
- The Kings’ Anze Kopitar has totaled nine points over his previous six games and Justin Williams has recorded three points in his last three games.
Injury Report: LIGHTNING – None; KINGS – Alec Martinez (ankle, placed on Injured Reserve).
Quotable: “That was probably the most hard-fought win of the season. The one that feels the best, for sure.” – Steven Stamkos, following Thursday’s come-from-behind victory against the Minnesota Wild.
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