Tuesday night marks the second time already this season the Tampa Bay Lightning will face off against the Los Angeles Kings. The earlier meeting was all Lightning in a 5-1 rout on home ice. Tampa Bay is coming off a blowout loss on Saturday against the Phoenix Coyotes, while the Kings have won three straight games, and goaltender Ben Scrivens has posted back-to-back shutouts.
While goalie Scrivens has led the Kings to back-to-back shutouts, the Lightning are looking to avoid their first back-to-back losses of the young season. The Kings, widely known for being a very physical team, are led by captain Dustin Brown, who is second in the NHL with 649 hits. The Kings are also very deep in the center position with Drew Doughty leading the way.
For the Lightning, captain Marty St. Louis will lead the way, as he plays in game No. 1,000 of his career on Tuesday night. Goalie Ben Bishop is likely to get the start for Tampa Bay, as he shows no sign of slowing down after being yanked from Saturday night’s loss midway through the second period.
Both teams are without superstar scorers in their lineup. For the Lightning, Steven Stamkos, and for the Kings, Jeff Carter, who is also placed on Injured Reserve. The Lightning will look to turn to what gave them so much success in the first meeting between the two teams just a couple weeks ago. Strong goal-tending and taking advantage of the power play will be absolutely key for the Lightning if they look to again take down an elite team of the Western Conference.