Lightning Capitals Preview: Just Win!

The Lightning look to snap a five-game losing skid tonight when they host the Washington Capitals at the Tampa Bay Times Forum…The Lightning will play three of their next four games at home where they have compiled a record of 5-1-1…The Bolts have sold out all seven of their home games to start the season (capacity 19,204)…Tonight’s meeting is the second of four meetings between the two clubs, with the next two matchups being held in the nation’s capital…The Lightning hosted the Capitals in the season opener and won 6-3 behind Martin St. Louis’ three-point night….Tampa Bay holds an all-time record of 36-59-6-6 against Washington.

The Lightning are looking to build off their three-goal third period comeback against the Canadiens on Tuesday night…The Bolts own one of the top home records in the NHL at 5-1-1, while the Capitals are 1-4-1 on the road this season…Tonight’s matchup features the top two goal scorers in the NHL over the past three seasons. Steven Stamkos has scored 163 goals, while Alex Ovechkin has tallied 125 since the beginning of the 2009-10 season…The Bolts are unbeaten when leading after both the first and second periods…The Lightning are averaging 5.0 goals per game at home this season, while the Capitals are averaging 2.8 goals per game on the road…. Teddy Purcell is on a five game point streak against the Capitals dating back to last season, registering three goals and five assists during that span…The Lightning scored three goals on seven power play opportunities against Washington in the season opener on Jan. 19.