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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Los Angeles Kings

Tampa Bay Lightning at Los Angeles Kings: GAME# 17
Time: 10:30 pm Jap Time
Location: Staples Middle
Broadcast/Streaming: SunS, FSW
Opponent SBNation Web siteJewels from the Crown
Preview:
Whereas it’s too early to scream STANLEY CUP PREVIEW, tonight’s match-up between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Los Angeles Kings is a pleasant assembly between two groups which are using fairly excessive lately. Not solely are they each off to sizzling begins, they share another similarities.
  • First place of their division - examine
The Kings have lastly handed the stunning Vegas Golden Knights to say first place within the Pacific Division. A 7-2-1 run of their final 10 video games have helped them open up a 5-point lead on the upstart enlargement membership. The Lightning have a 6-point lead on Toronto and have additionally gained 7 of their final 10 video games.
  • Excessive-priced veteran middle having a bounce again yr - examine
A part of the explanation for the Kings’ success lies in Anze Kopitar regaining his kind. After being held to solely 52 factors final season, the veteran middle is pacing Los Angeles with 19 factors in his first 15 video games. Dustin Brown has additionally dug his scoring contact out of the La Brea Tar Pits the place it’s been buried for the final couple of seasons. His 15 factors is nearly half as many as he had all of final yr.
  • Norris-caliber defender - examine
Whereas it have to be good to see them rating (51 objectives is nice for seventh within the league) their bread and butter stays protection. A protection led by Drew Doughty and goaltender Jonathan Fast. Fast’s .937 save proportion is one of the best of his profession and his 2.06 objectives in opposition to is nice for second within the league (not that meaning something in opposition to the Lightning who simply roughed up Martin Jones and his GAA).
In the meantime, Doughty is enjoying 27 minutes a sport, has 10 factors, and has a 52% corsi regardless of beginning lower than half of his shifts within the offensive zone. And the Lightning have Victor Hedman.
  • Rookie participant contributing greater than anticipated - examine
The Lightning even have Mikhail Sergachev (and technically Yanni Gourde) whereas the Kings have Adrian Kempe. The 2014 first-round choose has seven objectives in fifteen video games and has supplied some youthful offense for a quickly growing old staff.
  • Defensemen named “Jake” - examine
Jake Muzzin and Jake Dotchin in fact.
  • Veteran participant that doesn’t fairly look proper of their present uniform - examine
Lets face it. Even after sixteen video games it’s nonetheless bizarre to see Chris Kunitz in a Lightning uniform, proper? He’s enjoying his position on the fourth line and offering veteran management (watch how calmly he fingers Stamkos the water bottle) however it’s nonetheless not proper. The identical goes for Brooks Laich in a Kings uniform.
The Lightning might want to hold the offense going in opposition to the Kings. The excellent news in regards to the huge win in opposition to San Jose is that Coach Cooper was capable of unfold out the enjoying time a bit of bit, however nonetheless it’s going to be powerful for them to come back again in 24 hours and tackle a troublesome, bodily Los Angeles staff.
Comparability chart:
Yeah, you must know by now that I’m not going to ask @loserpoints to provide you with a chart. How a few Wayne Gretzky business from the 90s?
 
I demand Pepsi signal Steven Stamkos to a deal simply to movie an up to date rebuttal to this commercial.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Ahead Strains

Vladislav Namestnikov - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat - Brayden Level - Yanni Gourde
Chris Kunitz - Tyler Johnson - Ryan CallahanA
lex Killorn - Gabriel Dumont - JT Brown (? - could be out for 11/7)

Protection Pairings

Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin
Mikhail Sergachev - Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn - Dan Girardi
Slater Koekkoek
Lineup notes: Coach Cooper likes to swap out some gamers on his backside strains on back-to-back video games. So Dumont could be in for Brown tonight. Usually Koekkoek can be swapped out for Sustr, however with the large man being stapled to the bench in opposition to Columbus and Koekkoek discovering the again of the web in San Jose, Slater may need earned one other begin.

Goaltenders

Peter Budaj
Andrei Vasilevskiy

Los Angeles Kings strains

Ahead Strains

Alex Iafallo - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown
Tanner Pearson - Adrian Kempe - Tyler Toffoli
Mike Cammalleri - Nick Shore - Trevor Lewis
Andy Andreoff - Brooks Laich -Michael Amadio
Protection Pairings
Derek Forbort - Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin - Alec Martinez
Kurtis MacDermid - Oscar Fantenberg
Goalies
Jonathan Fast
Darcy Kuemper

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