New York Islanders Penalty Kill Needs To Step Up (Keys To Game)

Thursday, 07 Dec, 2017

The home ice has favorable for Tampa Bay so far.

"It's been big for us all year", said Ryan Callahan, whose line is typically tasked with neutralizing an opponent's top scorers.

The Lightning are 19-6-2 and regaining momentum after a 1-3-0 stretch - they lead the league in scoring at 3.7 goals per game, and are also fourth in goals allowed at 2.5 per game.

Avalanche are 0-4 in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than.600 and over is 6-0-1 in Avalanche last 7 Thursday games and over is 5-0 in Avalanche last 5 vs.

"He's there to hold us in when we need it", Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "We just didn't do very good things with the puck". "It's not disastrous. It's concerning". The Avalanche received a power play goal in the second and third from Nathan MacKinnon but Semyon Varlamov gave up three goals on 34 shots to get the loss. Evander Kane scored the eventual game victor while both Benoit Pouiliot and Jake McGabe added a goal and assist eeah. He's up to seven goals and 26 points in 27 games this season. They have their next four on the road, with games at Florida, Pittsburgh and Washington. "Sometimes you get the chances and the bounces don't go your way, and other times you kind of get those garbage goals that find a way to go in".

The Lightning hope to improve on their solid start to the homestand when they welcome the Colorado Avalanche to AMALIE Arena. Tampa Bay has 10 players who have scored 14 points or more this season while Colorado has five. Yanni Gourde - who previously had played right wing on a line with Point and Palat - moved to center on Saturday between Alex Killorn and Cory Conacher, who scored off assists from his two linemates in the third period.

"It was good to see us respond like that", Callahan said of the three-goal flurry. So unlike last night, Cal better keep his cool.