NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, January 25th
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (32-13-5) at Tampa Bay Lightning (30-16-5), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Lightning try to build off their first
home victory of the new year on Saturday night as they play host to the
The Lightning had dropped five in a row as the hosting club before securing a
4-3 shootout victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. Nikita Kucherov had
the only goal of the tiebreaker, with Ben Bishop turning aside Mika Zibanejad,
Jason Spezza and Kyle Turris in the shootout after stopping 33 shots through
Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and B.J. Crombeen all scored in regulation and
defenseman Victor Hedman assisted on all three goals as the Bolts won at home
for the first time since Dec. 21.
"It feels great to get the win," said Hedman. "To get our first win at home in
2014 was huge and we need to keep that going. There are a lot of big division
games coming up, so we need to keep pushing forward."
Forward Martin St. Louis notched an assist -- the 598th of his career -- to
extend his point streak to nine straight games. The veteran has eight goals
and five helpers over the run.
Tampa Bay, which has won two straight, is tied with Boston atop the Atlantic
Division with 65 points despite the recent struggles at home and will host the
Avalanche tonight for the first time since a 6-5 win on Dec. 4, 2010.
That is the Lightning's lone win over the Avs in the past eight meetings
overall, however, and Colorado notched a 2-1 overtime win at home when the
teams last met on Dec. 23, 2011.
The Avalanche are 6-1-1 in their last eight games overall, leaving them third
in the Central Division and four points back of second-place St. Louis.
Colorado held on for a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers last night, allowing
two third-period goals while getting outshot 20-6 in the frame after going up
by three goals.
Semyon Varlamov, though, was able to make 18 of his 34 saves in the final
"We didn't move our feet as much in the third as we did in the first two,"
said Colorado head coach Patrick Roy.
Ryan O'Reilly scored his career-high 19th goal of the season and had an
assist, giving him five goals and two helpers over his last six games. Paul
Stastny and Jamie McGinn also scored.
Colorado had forward Alex Tanguay in the lineup after he missed the last 36
games with knee and hip injuries. He had an assist in his return, while Matt
Duchene notched a pair of helpers.
01/25 10:24:27 ET