NHL Hockey

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Final 1 2 3 OT Tot
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Tampa Bay 1 1 0 1 3
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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00 BRT, November 13, 2021
Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida  Attendance: 19,092

Lightning's Mathieu Joseph looks to provide spark vs. Panthers

Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning

  1. The Panthers beat the Lightning, 4-1, in Tampa on October 19. Florida has won its last four games against Tampa Bay (with each win by at least a two-goal margin). This is the Panthers' longest winning streak versus the Lightning since a four-game streak in 2006. Their last longer win streak against Tampa Bay was nine games from 1998 to 2000.
  2. Florida is 0-2-1 since its 10-0-1 start to the 2021-22 season. The Panthers have trailed for 84:27 of playing time in their last three games, over an hour more than they were behind in their first 11 games this season (22:52).
  3. Aleksander Barkov scored the winning goal in Florida's 4-1 victory over the Lightning last month. It was only his sixth goal in 35 career regular-season games versus Tampa Bay. Barkov scored one goal in six games against the Lightning in the 2021 playoffs.
  4. There have been 72 goals scored in Tampa Bay games this season (36 by the Lightning, 36 by their opponents), with a majority of those goals (39) coming in the third period (35) or in overtime (4). The first periods of Tampa Bay's 12 games this season have produced only 10 goals (23 goals in second periods).
  5. Steven Stamkos has scored 34 goals in 57 career games against the Panthers. It's the most goals Stamkos has scored versus any NHL team and the second most goals against Florida by an active player (Alex Ovechkin, 40).
  6. Andrei Vasilevskiy has lost his last four games against the Panthers (final three games last season, one this season). That matches Vasilevskiy's longest losing streak versus one team in his NHL career. He lost four straight games to the Bruins from April 2017 to March 2018.
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper has found a reliable face in Mathieu Joseph among his new-look forward group.

The Lightning will try to square the series with the in-state rival Florida Panthers on Saturday night in the teams' second encounter this season.

On Oct. 19 in Tampa, the Panthers earned the third of their eight straight wins to open the season with a 4-1 victory over the Lightning.

But in the second of their four meetings in this campaign, Cooper will utilize an energetic presence among his forwards in Joseph, who has stood out from the club's new faces in the bottom six.

Gone from last year's Cup-winning team are Tyler Johnson and the entire third line of Blake Coleman, Yanni Gourde and Barclay Goodrow. High-scoring right wing Nikita Kucherov is out with an injury sustained in Washington on Oct. 16.

Joseph, 24, has notched a goal and four assists in 12 games.

In Tuesday's 2-1 overtime loss to Carolina, his aggressive forecheck of defenseman Tony DeAngelo produced a loose puck and the game's first tally after Joseph's skillful pass to captain Steven Stamkos.

"Joseph's one of those guys who has definitely taken advantage of playing time. He's been especially great on the (penalty kill) and we've definitely needed it," said Cooper.

The other forwards around the Laval, Quebec, native have been underwhelming at best.

Veteran Corey Perry was brought in as a free agent and eventually awarded top-line minutes, but has managed just one assist in 12 games. Ross Colton - a enthusiastic breakout star last season who produced key goals -- has only one goal to show for his first 12 games.

In the first meeting, Florida's Brandon Montour, captain Aleksander Barkov, Anton Lundell and Anthony Duclair produced goals, and netminder Spencer Knight stopped 30 of 31 shots to record his first win.

Currently, the Panthers are trying to figure out exactly which team they are: The one that set the NHL on fire with a 10-0-1, 21-point start or the club that has presently lost three straight in an 0-2-1 road stretch.

Saturday's game in Tampa will conclude Florida's four-game road trip - primarily through the Northeast - and it will give the team the chance to tangle with the Lightning again.

Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss in Pittsburgh resulted in interim coach Andrew Brunette's team claiming a single point, but Florida's lack of finish on the power play and with multiple odd-man rushes had the coach wondering about the struggles.

With a top man-advantage unit that features Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Sam Bennett and point man Aaron Ekblad, the Panthers went an anemic 0-for-4 on the power play.

Included in those four advantages was a 91-second four-on-three power play to finish overtime after Jake Guentzel's hard contact and interference infraction in a collision with goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

After going 3-for-5 on the power play against Carolina in Saturday's 5-3 home win, Florida is now scoreless over its last eight in the three losses.

"I think I've had concerns all year with it," Brunette said of his power-play unit, which put only two shots on goal at the end with two points within reach. "It's a little out of synch and not quite as smooth. It's been a little stagnant."

--Field Level Media

Updated November 13, 2021

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