Having lost two outings in a row, the Colorado Avalanche (3rd in Central Division) will try to get back on track while hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning (2nd in Atlantic), who are vying for their 11th consecutive victory…
Bolts Extend Win RunThe Tampa Bay Lightning (39-15-5) are entering this week on the back of a 10-game winning run following a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Amalie Arena on Saturday. With that, the Bolts have gone on a 12-game point streak (11-0-1), currently sitting 2nd in the Atlantic Division with 83 points from 59 contests, trailing the 1st-placed Boston Bruins by three points, but with a game in hand. Tampa Bay is 19-8-3 when playing on the road this season, having won its very last five travels, with Nikita Kucherov leading the side with 28 goals and 72 points.
We have acquired Blake Coleman from New Jersey in exchange for Nolan Foote and Vancouver’s conditional first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.https://t.co/YbcxcRgDiw— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) February 17, 2020
Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is presently enjoying a franchise-high 21-game point run (19-0-2), has gone 32-9-3 for the rolling year with a 2.42 GAA and a .921 save percentage. He has recorded a 1-2-0 previous tally against the Colorado Avalanche with a 3.72 GAA and a .828 save percentage. The Lightning, meanwhile, are netting the 2nd highest quantity of goals per game (3.54), while conceding the 4th lowest amount defensively (2.64). They are 6th in power play (23.3%) and 5th in penalty kill (83.5%).
Avs Lose Two In RowThe Colorado Avalanche (33-18-6) ended last week on a downer, losing not only two fixtures in succession (0-2-0), including the 2020 NHL Stadium Series clash against the Los Angeles Kings (3-1 at the Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium on Saturday), but also starting goalie Philipp Grubauer to injury. Prior to the misery run, the Avs had won five contests in a row, dropping just one of their previous nine outings (8-1-0). The team is 3rd in the Central Division, two points below the St. Louis Blues and the Dallas Stars, but with two games in hand. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 32 goals and 80 points.
Goalie Pavel Francouz has picked up 22 appearances (19 starts) so far this year, taking his current performance total to 13-5-2 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.44 GAA and a .925 save percentage. He has won his only previous start against the Tampa Bay Lightning, allowing two goals on 46 shots in a 6-2 victory for Colorado back on Oct. 19. The Avalanche, meanwhile, are scoring the absolute highest number of goals per game (3.56), while giving up the 8th lowest amount on the defensive end (2.79). They are 20th in power play (19.3%) and 19th in penalty kill (78.9%).
Tampa Bay (according to Covers.com)
- Lightning are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
- Lightning are 12-1 in their last 13 vs. a team with a winning record.
Colorado (according to Covers.com)
- Avalanche are 0-4 in their last 4 meetings with Lightning in Colorado.
- Avalanche are 1-5 in their last 6 meetings with Lightning overall.