Mar 1, 2015
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Sunday, March 1, 2015
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Panthers host Lightning in ninth set of back-to-backs

LIGHTNING (38-19-6) at PANTHERS (27-22-13)

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SUNRISE, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning are back on the road Sunday when they will look to continue their dominance against the Florida Panthers.

The Lightning will play on the road for the sixth time in seven games before beginning a stretch of nine home games out of their next 11.

Tampa Bay has won the past five games against Florida, including a 3-2 overtime victory in the 2014-15 season opener.

The Lightning's three goals that night came on the power play, including defenseman Victor Hedman's game-winner 1:11 into the extra period.

Erik Gudbranson and Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the Panthers.

Ben Bishop made 19 saves for the Lightning while improving to 5-0-0 with a 1.89 goals-against average in five career games against the Panthers.

Tampa Bay is coming off a 4-0 shutout victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday in its first home game following a five-game road trip.

Bishop made 28 saves for his second shutout of the season, and Steven Stamkos scored his 33rd and 34th goals of the season.

Stamkos has four goals in the Lightning's past three wins and has scored six in his past seven games. He has 15 goals and eight assists in his past 14 games against Florida.

Forward Valtteri Filppula has a team-best nine points (three goals, six assists) in Tampa Bay's five-game winning streak in the series.

Tampa Bay (38-19-6), the NHL's highest-scoring team at 3.25 goals per game, is one point ahead of the third-place Detroit Red Wings in the Atlantic Division but trails the Montreal Canadiens by five.

The Panthers will be on the back end of a back-to-back set after ending a four-game losing streak (0-3-1) with a 5-3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at BB&T Center on Saturday.

Jaromir Jagr was held without a point in his Panthers debut, but he was on the ice for Brandon Pirri's two power-play goals in the second period.

Pirri returned to action after missing nine games with an upper-body injury, and scored his seventh and eighth goals in his past 10 games.

Goalie Roberto Luongo, who faced only 14 shots against Buffalo, started the opener against Tampa Bay but will give way to Al Montoya on Sunday.

"We're going to follow the schedule," Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. "We want guys being fresh. [Montoya] has done a good job and he's got a big game [Sunday]."

Florida (27-22-13) is four points behind the Boston Bruins for the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Here are the projected lineups:

LIGHTNING

Alex Killorn - Steven Stamkos - Valtteri Filppula

Nikita Kucherov - Tyler Johnson - Ondrej Palat

Cedric Paquette - Brett Connolly - Ryan Callahan

Jonathan Drouin - Brian Boyle - J.T. Brown

Victor Hedman - Anton Stralman

Jason Garrison - Nikita Nesterov

Andrej Sustr - Mark Barberio

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratched: Brenden Morrow, Luke Witkowski

Injured: Matt Carle (abdominal surgery), Radko Gudas (knee)

PANTHERS

Jonathan HuberdeauAleksander BarkovJaromir Jagr

Jussi JokinenNick BjugstadBrad Boyes

Brandon PirriVincent TrocheckJimmy Hayes

Scottie UpshallDerek MacKenzieShawn Thornton

Brian CampbellAaron Ekblad

Dmitry KulikovErik Gudbranson

Steven KampferAlex Petrovic

Al Montoya

Roberto Luongo

Scratched: Tomas Kopecky

Injured: Willie Mitchell (upper body), Dave Bolland (upper body)

Status report: The Panthers placed Bolland on injured reserve, retroactive to Feb. 21. ... Mitchell has missed the past 13 games. ... Tampa Bay will play 12 of its 15 games in March against the Eastern Conference after going 6-4-2 in February against only teams from the Western Conference.

Who's hot: Johnson has three goals and three assists in the past five games. .... Palat had his five-game point streak (four goals, three assists) ended Friday. ... Jokinen and Boyes each had three assists Saturday.

Tampa Bay 2014-2015 Point Leaders
Tyler Johnson
60Points
Tyler
Johnson
Center
Steven Stamkos
57Points
Steven
Stamkos
Center
Tampa Bay 2014-2015 Goal Leaders
Steven Stamkos
34Goals
Steven
Stamkos
Center
Tyler Johnson
23Goals
Tyler
Johnson
Center
Florida 2014-2015 Point Leaders
Nick Bjugstad
37Points
Nick
Bjugstad
Center
Jussi Jokinen
34Points
Jussi
Jokinen
Left Wing
Florida 2014-2015 Goal Leaders
Nick Bjugstad
22Goals
Nick
Bjugstad
Center
Jimmy Hayes
17Goals
Jimmy
Hayes
Right Wing
2014-2015 Atlantic Division Standings
TEAMGPWLOTP
MONTREAL624116587
TAMPA BAY633819682
DETROIT6135151181
BOSTON623122971
FLORIDA6227221367
OTTAWA6027231064
TORONTO622532555
BUFFALO631939543
2014-2015 Atlantic Division Standings
TEAMGPWLOTP
MONTREAL624116587
TAMPA BAY633819682
DETROIT6135151181
BOSTON623122971
FLORIDA6227221367
OTTAWA6027231064
TORONTO622532555
BUFFALO631939543
  • TAMPA BAY
  • FLORIDA
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13C. PaquetteC1275784013:23
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23J. BrownR23-4472110:40
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27J. DrouinL2232571613:01
51V. FilppulaC1133-5812019:02
53L. WitkowskiD0004714:44
62A. SustrD088462617:31
77V. HedmanD72212843222:26
86N. KucherovR2330321451414:55
89N. NesterovD138191215:11
91S. StamkosC3423-22072819:33
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88A. Vasilevskiy229251.912537:14
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7D. KulikovD214-8613921:42
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17D. MacKenzieC45-14603312:37
19S. UpshallL77-3782613:09
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27N. BjugstadC2215-81833616:38
36J. JokinenL628-11013216:44
44E. GudbransonD37-7824818:27
51B. CampbellD3193911423:39
68J. JagrR1118-111224217:40
72A. PetrovicD010141314:36
73B. PirriC1122821014:03
82T. KopeckyR25-17902213:08
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
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35A. Montoya341382.893826:10