NHL Preview: Canadiens – Lightning

The Lightning return to the Tampa Bay Times Forum tonight when they host the Montreal Canadiens…The Lightning will play four of their next five games at home where they’ve compiled a record of 5-1-0…The Lightning have sold out all six of their home games so far this season (capacity 19,204)…Tonight’s meeting is the first of three between the Canadiens and Lightning this season…Tampa Bay won both meetings against Montreal at the Times Forum last season, and went 2-2-0 in four games overall….The Bolts hold an all-time home record of 16-13-5-3 against the Canadiens.

TONIGHT’S STORYLINES
The Lightning are looking to snap their four-game losing skid tonight when they host the Montreal Canadiens at the Tampa Bay Times Forum…The Lightning own one of the top home records in the NHL at 5-1-0, while the Canadiens have only played three road contests (1-1-1)…The Bolts are unbeaten when leading after both the first and second periods this season….Tampa Bay enters tonight’s contest with the seventh (tie) best record in the NHL when scoring the game’s first goal with an .833 winning percentage…Vincent Lecavalier has recorded a goal in each of his past three games against Montreal dating back to last season…The Lightning are averaging 5.3 goals per game at home, while Montreal is averaging 3.0 on the road.

LIGHTNING STRIKING
Despite only scoring six goals over the past four games, the Lightning rank first in the NHL with 43 goals this season…19 of the Lightning’s 43 tallies have come in the third period, ranking first in the NHL…Tampa Bay is averaging 3.9 goals a game which ranks first in the league…Tampa Bay has notched four or more goals in a game in six of their first 11 games this season…The Bolts’ +11 goal differential ranks first in the Eastern Conference and second in the NHL…14 different Bolts have registered at least a goal this season….13 of the Lightning’s goals have come while on the man-advantage, ranking tied for fifth in the league in that category…Tampa Bay’s 32 home goals ranks first in the NHL.

ROOKIE SENSATION
Cory Conacher has recorded points in six of his first 11 games this season, including a three-point effort on Feb. 1 against the Jets. Conacher scored his first multi-goal game of his career and was the game’s first star for the second time this season on Feb. 1. He became the first player in Lightning 20-year history to record points in each of his first three NHL games…Conacher leads all NHL rookies in scoring with 12 points (five goals, seven assists) and game-winning goals with two….He became just the sixth player in Lightning history to record his first career NHL goal in his NHL debut….Five of his 11 games this season have been multi-point efforts.

STAT PACK/WHO’S HOT
Steven Stamkos has recorded at least a point in nine of his first 11 games this season…Martin St. Louis has tallied 11 assists over his past eight games…Sami Salo and Victor Hedman are both tied for sixth in the league lead with +9 ratings…Benoit Pouliot has notched two goals and five points over his last six games…Matt Carle has recorded four points (one goal, three assists) over his past five games…The Lightning power play ranks second in the NHL at 28.3%.

NOTEWORTHY
Tampa Bay’s home power play leads the league with a success rate of 44.4%…The Lightning have two players in the top six in points in the NHL…Martin St. Louis was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for period ending Jan. 27…Alex Killorn made his NHL debut on Sunday night against the Rangers and recorded his first NHL point (assist)…Tampa Bay has scored 33 goals over their past seven games, while the Canadiens have scored seven times over their last four contests…Vincent Lecavalier leads the Lightning with 29 hits this year…Lecavalier ranks tied for 10th in the NHL with 126 faceoff wins.

MAKING IT COUNT
The Lightning rank first in the NHL so far this season in shooting percentage. The Bolts have scored 43 times on 294 shots through their first 11 games. Below is a list of the top three teams in this category.

Source: Tampa Bay Lightning Media

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