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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. — Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who rested for simply the second recreation this season on Saturday, will search for his ninth consecutive win Monday night time when he faces the Florida Panthers on the BB&T Heart.
If Vasilevskiy wins, he would tie John Grahame’s franchise report set in 2005.
Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper made it clear that Vasilevskiy is enjoying at a Vezina Trophy-type stage.
“If you'll enable solely two targets an evening, there’s a superb probability you'll be in Las Vegas (for the NHL’s annual awards present) in June,” Cooper instructed tampabay.com.
Vasilevskiy, 23, is 9-1-Zero with a 2.20 goals-against common, however he isn't the one younger Russian star on the staff.
Proper winger Nikita Kucherov, 24, leads the NHL with 12 targets and has 19 factors.
Two different Russians have been spectacular for Tampa Bay: 25-year-old heart Vladislav Namestnikov, who has 4 targets and 7 assists, and 19-year-old defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, a rookie who has 4 targets and 6 assists.
The Lightning are third within the league in factors by defensemen, and Sergachev has taken among the offensive stress off of Victor Hedman.
However in addition to the 9-2-1 Lightning has been enjoyingand so they lead the Japanese Convention with 19 factorsthey've struggled to beat the Panthers (Four-5-1) on the BB&T Heart.
In reality, the Panthers beat Tampa Bay 5-Four of their dwelling opener and have overwhelmed the Lightning 5 straight occasions in Dawn.
Monday night time will mark the third recreation of a five-game homestand for Florida, which has collected three factors to this point on this stretch.
Florida is reliant on its prime line of newcomer Evgenii Dadonov and holdovers Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau.
Some doubted whether or not former KHL star Dadonov, 28, could be ok to play on Florida’s prime line, however he leads the staff in general targets (5) and power-play targets (three).
Barkov mentioned Dadonov was “superior” on Saturday within the Panthers’ Three-2 shootout loss to the Detroit Pink Wings, choosing up a objective and an help.
Simply give him the puck, and he’ll get it within the zone,” mentioned Barkov, probably the greatest two-way facilities within the league. “All I've to do is go to the online.”
Dadonov and Huberdeau every have 11 factors. Barkov has 10.
The Panthers, although, want to scrub up some areas. They've scored eight power-play targets however have given up 10 whereas short-handed. Their energy play is 13th within the league at 18.6 %, but the penalty kill is third worst within the league (74.Three %).
Panthers rookie coach Bob Boughner has a repute as a defensive-minded coach, however he can’t be joyful that his staff is permitting 36.Four pictures on objective per recreation, probably the most within the league. The Panthers are additionally 24th in targets allowed (36).
Conversely, the Panthers are fourth within the league in pictures on objective (35.eight per recreation) and sixth in targets scored (Three.5 per recreation). That could be a large enchancment from final season, when the Panthers had been 23rd in scoring (2.5 per recreation).
The offensive enchancment has come regardless of dropping 30-goal scorer Jonathan Marchessault to Las Vegas within the growth draft. The Panthers additionally declined to deliver again Jaromir Jagr and traded Reilly Smith to Las Vegas, departures that precipitated concern amongst followers on the time.
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