NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, February 6th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (18-30-7) at Tampa Bay Lightning (29-23-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning look to maintain their excellent recent form as the resurgent club wraps up a two-game homestand tonight with a matchup against the lowly Los Angeles Kings.
Tampa Bay is currently on a three-game win streak and is an outstanding 10-2-0 since January 7. The run has vaulted the Lightning past Carolina and into second place in the Southeast Division, where they now trail frontrunning Atlanta by six points.
The Lightning's latest triumph came Saturday against the New York Rangers. Vincent Lecavalier scored the tie-breaking goal with 8:07 remaining in the third period to give Tampa a 3-2 victory.
Johan Holmqvist made the lead stand by stopping 24-of-26 shots, while Martin St. Louis and Dan Boyle each recorded two assists for the Lightning.
Lecavalier now has 33 goals on the season, which ties him with Washington's Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead, and has racked up 20 points (12 goals, 8 assists) over his last 14 games. St. Louis has amassed 22 points (7 goals, 15 assists) during that same span.
The Kings still have the fewest points in the Western Conference but do enter tonight's contest off their most lopsided victory of this campaign. Michael Cammalleri and Alexander Frolov each compiled two goals and two assists as Los Angeles torched the Florida Panthers, 7-0, Saturday at BankAtlantic Center.
Derek Armstrong and Sean Avery each contributed two assists to the rout, while Sean Burke stopped all 40 shots he faced to earn the 38th shutout of his long career.
Los Angeles had dropped three straight and 10 of its last 11 prior to Saturday's win.
Cammalleri's outing extended his point streak to six consecutive games. He has four goals and five assists over that stretch.
The Kings then made a trade on Monday, shipping gritty forward Avery to the Rangers in exchange for right wing Jason Ward and a pair of unsigned players. Los Angeles also dealt 19-year-old John Seymour to New York as part of the five-player deal.
Los Angeles will be playing at St. Pete Times Forum for the first time since posting a 1-0 overtime win over the Lightning on November 6, 2003. Tampa Bay took the only meeting between the teams last season and is 5-1-2 (two ties) in its last eight games versus the Kings.
02/06 10:45:51 ET