Tampa Bay takes on Calgary, seeks to end 4-game slide


Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates with the bench after scoring against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Calgary Flames (33-25-7, fourth in the Pacific Division) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (40-19-5, second in the Atlantic Division)

Tampa, Florida; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay aims to break its four-game losing streak when the Lightning take on Calgary.

The Lightning are 20-9-2 at home. Tampa Bay averages 9.5 points per game to lead the league, recording 3.5 goals and 6.0 assists per game.

The Flames are 19-13-3 in road games. Calgary has surrendered 32 power-play goals, killing 82.6% of opponent chances.

The matchup Saturday is the first meeting of the season between the two teams.

TOP PERFORMERS: Nikita Kucherov has recorded 78 total points while scoring 31 goals and collecting 47 assists for the Lightning. Brayden Point has totaled four goals and seven assists over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.

Elias Lindholm leads the Flames with 27 goals and has recorded 50 points. Johnny Gaudreau has totaled nine assists over the last 10 games for Calgary.

LAST 10 GAMES: Flames: 6-3-1, averaging 4.6 goals, 6.9 assists, three penalties and eight penalty minutes while allowing 3.2 goals per game with a .898 save percentage.

Lightning: 6-4-0, averaging three goals, 5.2 assists, five penalties and 12.4 penalty minutes while giving up three goals per game with a .900 save percentage.

INJURIES: Lightning: Blake Coleman: day to day (personal), Steven Stamkos: out (lower-body), Patrick Maroon: day to day (undisclosed).

Flames: Mark Giordano: day to day (hamstring).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.


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