This Saturday, there is a matchup between a Western Conference team and an Eastern Conference team in the NHL as the San Jose Sharks and the Tampa Bay Lightning will face off at about 7:00 PM. This will be the first meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at the Amalie Arena.
Sharks Look To Move Up In StandingsSo far this season, the San Jose Sharks have been a decent team in the Western Conference. The Sharks have a 15-13-2 record which has them in possession of fifth place in the Pacific Division. However, San Jose is still in striking distance of moving up into the top-three spots of the division as it is only three points out of that spot with a lot of games left in the regular season. Now, San Jose will look for another road win in this game which will help bring it closer to one of those premier spots.
Leading the Sharks offensively is centerLogan Couture who has looked great so far this season. He already has 29 points through the first 30 games of the regular season. In addition, he also has a Plus/Minus Rating of +3.
Fought back to earn a point, but fell in the skills competition. pic.twitter.com/ffYWmBY7G4— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) December 6, 2019
The starting goalie for the Sharks in this game will be Martin Jones who has been okay so far this season. He has a 12-9-1 record with a 3.16 GAA and a .892 save percentage. Last season, Jones had a 1-1-0 record along with 4.04 GAA and a .822 save percentage. Now, he will look for another win against them on Saturday.
Tampa Bay Continues To StruggleSo far this season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have looked very underwhelming. The Lightning are currently 13-10-3 which gives them a total of 29 points. As a result, they are currently in possession of sixth place in the Atlantic Division. In addition, they enter this game in terrible form as they have lost four of their last five games. Now, Tampa Bay will look to get back to its usual winning ways in front of its home crowd on Saturday. If Tampa Bay does not start winning games anytime soon, its season could very well be in the balance.
Leading the Lightning offensively will be right-wingerNikita Kucherov who has looked great so far this season. He has already recorded a team-high 31 points in just 25 games. In addition, he also has a Plus/Minus Rating of +6 so he has been very effective on even strength. Now, he will look to lead his team to another victory in this game.
The starting goalie for the Lightning in this game will be Andrei Vasilevskiy who has been solid this season. So far this season, he has a 10-8-1 record along with a 3.01 GAA and a .903 save percentage. Last season, Vasilevskiy had a 1-1-0 record with a 4.00 GAA and a .889 save percentage against the Sharks.
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- Sharks are 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games.
- Lightning are 2-6 in their last 8 Saturday games.