Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights (25-16-3, 53 points) take on the Tampa Bay Lightning (29-10-5, 63 points) at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. This is the second meeting of the season for both teams with the Lightning having taken the first meeting with a 4-3 defeat over the Golden Knights 4-3.
The Golden Knights are coming off a tough loss vs. the Florida Panthers in which the game was separated by a goal until a pair of empty netters in the third, and the Lightning have won two in a row, with their last victory being a 3-2 road win vs. the New Jersey Devils.
The Golden Knights head into tonight’s game vs. the Lightning with a nearly full squad, as Max Pacioretty made his return to the lineup in the 4-1 loss vs. Florida. Alec Martinez will not play tonight, and the lineup is up in the air due to some COVID-19 testing issues according to Pete DeBoer.
Pete DeBoer says Alec Martinez will not play tonight, and “We are dealing with some COVID testing stuff this morning so we don’t have a lineup solidified yet.”— Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) January 29, 2022
Update: Chandler Stephenson and Dylan Coghlan are unavailable for tonight's game due to COVID-19 protocol. #VegasBorn— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) January 29, 2022
Max Pacioretty — Nolan Patrick — Mark Stone
Jonathan Marchessault — William Karlsson — Reilly Smith
Mattias Janmark — Nicolas Roy — Evgenii Dadonov
Will Carrier — Brett Howden — Keegan Kolesar
Nic Hague — Alex Pietrangelo
Brayden McNabb — Shea Theodore
Ben Hutton — Zach Whitecloud
And here’s how the Tampa Bay Lighnting should stack up.
Ondrej Palat — Brayden Point — Anthony Cirelli
Alex Killorn — Steven Stamkos —Mathieu Joseph
Pat Maroon — Pierre-Edouard Bellemarre — Corey Perry
Boris Katchouk — Ross Colton — Taylor Raddysh
Victor Hedman — Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh — Mikhail Sergachev
Frederik Claesson — Cal Foote
Numbers to Know
- Vegas is 3-4-3 over the last 10 games played
- Tampa is 8-2-0 over the last 10 games played
- The Lightning have 4th best home record at 15-4-2
- The Golden Knights have the 10th best road record at 12-6-1
- Steven Stamkos leads the Lightning in scoring with a line of 20-31-51
- Andrei Vasilevskiy has posted a 12.54 Goals Saved Above Average, and a 10.2 Goals Saved Above Expected via Evolving-Hockey
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