Vegas Golden Knights (25-16-3, first in the Pacific) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (29-10-5, second in the Atlantic)
Tampa, Florida; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay hosts Vegas looking to prolong its three-game home winning streak.
The Lightning have gone 15-4-3 in home games. Tampa Bay is fifth in the Eastern Conference recording 9.2 points per game, averaging 3.4 goals and 5.8 assists.
The Golden Knights are 12-6-1 on the road. Vegas ranks fourth in the Western Conference averaging 3.3 goals per game, led by Jonathan Marchessault with 19.
Tampa Bay took down Vegas 4-3 in the last meeting between these teams on Dec. 21.
TOP PERFORMERS: Steven Stamkos leads the Lightning with 20 goals and has 51 points. Nikita Kucherov has 13 points over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
Chandler Stephenson has 38 total points while scoring 12 goals and totaling 26 assists for the Golden Knights. Shea Theodore has two goals and six assists over the last 10 games for Vegas.
LAST 10 GAMES: Lightning: 8-2-0, averaging 4.3 goals, 7.6 assists, four penalties and 9.7 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game with a .919 save percentage.
Golden Knights: 3-4-3, averaging 2.7 goals, 4.9 assists, 2.9 penalties and 6.3 penalty minutes while allowing 2.7 goals per game with a .903 save percentage.
INJURIES: Lightning: Nikita Kucherov: out (health and safety protocols), Erik Cernak: out (lower-body), Zach Bogosian: out (lower body).
Golden Knights: None listed.
The Associated Press