Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars
Tampa Bay Lightning Preview
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to pick up where they left off when they visit the Dallas Stars on Monday. The Lightning skated into the All-Star break on a high, posting a 7-1 romp over Winnipeg on Jan. 17 for their 12th win in 14 contests. Reigning Hart Trophy recipient Nikita Kucherov tallied twice against the Jets and has five of his club-leading 22 goals in his past three games.
Kucherov, who is tied for the team lead in assists (32) and leads in points (54), set up Alex Killorn’s power-play goal in Tampa Bay’s 4-3 loss to Dallas on Dec. 19. Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 16 of 20 shots to pick up the loss in that contest, however the reigning Vezina Trophy recipient has responded by posting a career high-tying 10-game winning streak.
Dallas Stars Preview
The Dallas Stars aim to get back on track Monday when they return from the All-Star break to host the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Stars followed a six-game winning streak by dropping three of their past four games (1-3-0) before the break, including a demoralizing 7-0 decision to Minnesota on Jan. 18.
Tyler Seguin, who leads the team in assists (25) and points (36), scored in overtime on Dec. 19 as Dallas halted a five-game losing skid in the series with a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay. Anton Khudobin turned aside 45 shots in that contest, however Ben Bishop is expected to get the nod against his former team on Monday. Roope Hintz, who leads the Stars with 15 goals, will play in his 100th NHL game on Monday.