NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 4th (All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (2-8-1-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (7-0-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning try to remain the National Hockey League's only unbeaten club tonight when they welcome the Washington Capitals to the St. Pete Times Forum in a rematch of last spring's first-round playoff clash.
At 7-0-1, Tampa Bay has surpassed the franchise record for an unbeaten start, which was set last season (5-0-2). It is the best opening by an NHL club since the 2000-01 Ottawa Senators began 6-0-3. The 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers set the league record with a torrid 12-0-3 mark.
On Saturday, Cory Stillman scored with 8:09 left to snap a third-period tie, as Tampa Bay defeated Carolina, 4-3, at home. Vincent Lecavalier tallied two goals and Martin St. Louis also lit the lamp, while Nikolai Khabibulin finished with 33 saves.
Stillman leads the Lightning with six goals, four of which have come on the power play. He is a prime reason why the club ranks sixth in the NHL with a 22.7 percent success rate with the man advantage.
Tampa Bay, 5-0-1 at home, plays the fourth portion of a six-game set tonight and will host Los Angeles on Thursday.
Washington, which squandered a 2-0 lead en route to a six-game loss to the Bolts in the playoffs, ended a six-game losing streak with a home win over Atlanta on Friday, but sunk right back down with a 2-1 loss in Minnesota the following night.
Robert Lang scored the lone goal for Washington, which has lost seven of its last eight and is winless in nine of its 11 games (2-8-1). Olaf Kolzig made 23 saves in defeat.
Washington's Jaromir Jagr was held without a point Saturday and has suffered the same fate in eight of the last nine contests. Jagr has three goals and two assists on the season.
The Caps, 0-6-1 on the road, will close out a three-game trip Thursday in Philadelphia.
Washington went 3-2 against Tampa Bay during last regular season and is 11-2-1 in the last 14 meetings. The Capitals have, however, lost in two of their last three trips to Tampa.
11/04 10:12:31 ET