NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, November 11th
(All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (12-4-3) at Tampa Bay Lightning (8-7-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers will try to get back on the winning
track tonight when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Pete Times Forum.
The Thrashers had a four-game win streak halted on Friday night when the New
York Rangers skated into town and picked up a 5-2 victory. Michael Nylander
notched two goals and an assist to lead the Blueshirts to the easy triumph.
Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and an assist and Kari Lehtonen, making his first
start in five games, was shelled for five goals on 25 shots for the Thrashers.
Marian Hossa posted an assist in the setback to push his point streak to five
games. He has three goals and seven assists during the stretch.
The Lightning will aim for their third straight victory this evening. They
ended a four-game road trip Wednesday evening in Pittsburgh and earned an
overtime victory. Vincent Lecavalier scored with 2:19 left in the extra
session as Tampa Bay continued its dominance of the Penguins with a 4-3 win at
After a Penguins' point shot went wide, Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis grabbed
the puck at the left boards and sent a pass to Lecavalier at center ice.
Lecavalier skated in all alone, deked to the backhand and lifted the puck past
a sprawled out Fleury for the victory.
Both St. Louis and Lecavalier have registered points in 10 straight contests,
the longest current streak in the NHL.
Dimitry Afanasenkov, Brad Richards and Eric Perrin each scored a goal for the
Lightning, who defeated Pittsburgh for the ninth consecutive game.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 17 shots for Tampa Bay, which has won three of its
last four games.
The Lightning and Thrashers have met twice already this season and each team
has won a game. Tampa Bay has won four of the last six matchups overall, but
the Thrashers have taken four of their last six tests at the Forum.
11/11 10:59:18 ET