NHL Hockey

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Final 1 2 3 OT Tot
Tampa Bay 0 3 0 1 4
Colorado 1 1 1 0 3
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6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 PM MST9:00 PM EST6:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ET23:00 BRT, February 17, 2020
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 18,107

Lightning vie for team-record 11th straight win vs. Avalanche

Tampa Bay Lightning at Colorado Avalanche

  1. The Avalanche's 6-2 road win over the Lightning on October 19 snapped a five-game winning streak for Tampa Bay in the series. The Lightning have won four straight games in Denver; they had won only four times in their previous 16 road games against the Nordiques/Avalanche (2-10-2-2).
  2. Since December 23, Tampa Bay is 22-2-1, with a 2-2-1 stretch sandwiched between a pair of 10-game winning streaks. The Lightning are the third team ever to have a pair of 10-game winning streaks in one season, joining the Bruins teams of 1929-30 and 1970-71 -- neither of which won the Stanley Cup.
  3. Colorado has mustered only three goals in dropping its last two games, home defeats in regulation against the Capitals and Kings. The Avs have lost three straight games in regulation only once this season, November 1 through November 5.
  4. Nikita Kucherov's point total over the last three seasons stands at an even 300; he had a total of 216 points in the previous three seasons. Kucherov has recorded points in each of the last 13 games he has played, with totals of 11 goals and 23 points.
  5. Colorado players have the top three plus/minus figures in the Western Conference: Ryan Graves (league-best plus-41), Ian Cole (plus-29) and Valeri Nichushkin (plus-26). Those three were a combined minus-1 in the 2018-19 campaign.
  6. Tampa Bay (209) and Colorado (203) are second and tied for third, respectively, in total goals this season; the Lightning are one behind the Maple Leafs for the top mark in the league. The Lightning rank second in even-strength goals (164; Toronto -- 165) with the Avalanche ranking fourth (157).
(AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

The Tampa Bay Lightning had an NHL record-tying 62-win season in 2018-19 before being unceremoniously swept in the first round of the playoffs.

It doesn't look like Tampa Bay has let that disappointing finish carry over to this season.

The Lightning have won 10 in a row -- five of those on the road -- and have 83 points, second in the NHL behind Atlantic Division rival Boston. They will go for a franchise-record 11th straight win on Monday when they visit the Colorado Avalanche in Denver.

"To go on a run like (this) is pretty cool," Tampa Bay center Anthony Cirelli said after a 5-3 win over Philadelphia on Saturday. "Everyone's having fun around the room, but at the end of the day, it's still just a part of the season. We have to keep working hard, trying to be better, and play a full 60-minute game."

The Avalanche were as hot as Tampa Bay before struggling in the third period of their last two contests.

Colorado nursed a 2-1 lead over Washington on Thursday before a pair of third-period goals ended its five-game winning streak. On Saturday night, in the NHL Stadium Series game at the Air Force Academy, the Los Angeles Kings scored a go-ahead goal with 54 seconds left to win that game.

The Avalanche lost more than a game in the chilly conditions in Colorado Springs, Colo. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer left early in the third period with a lower-body injury after he inadvertently was knocked over by teammate Ian Cole.

Colorado coach Jared Bednar said Monday that Grubauer is out indefinitely.

"I don't really have a timeline on it," Bednar said. "He's still getting evaluated, he's still going through some testing or training room or whatnot. I'll have a better answer probably later in the week. Right now he's day to day and could miss some time."

Forward Matt Calvert also left Saturday's game with a lower-body injury and will be out a few weeks.

"We're hoping it's an injury where we can get him back skating and playing here in the next couple weeks, but it's weeks, not days," Bednar said. "I'm not sure what happened, he felt it, pain in the lower body and it got worse and worse. So he's got whatever you call it, oblique strain."

The Avalanche recalled goalie Hunter Miska from the AHL.

While Colorado center Nazem Kadri has missed three games and is expected to be out at least a month with a lower-body injury, the streaking Lightning are getting healthier.

Captain Steven Stamkos missed three games and reigning Hart Trophy recipient Nikita Kucherov was out for one, but both returned for the win over Philadelphia on Saturday. Kucherov had a goal and an assist and Stamkos had two assists.

Colorado posted a 6-2 win over the Lightning on Oct. 19 in Tampa, Fla.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 17, 2020

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