Edmonton has scored 39 power-play goals, converting on 30.2% of chances.
It's a battle of the two hottest teams in the National Hockey League when the Lightning host the Canucks on Tuesday, January 7th (7:00 PM EST). The Lightning are 9-7 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 12-9 when they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
The game spoiled what was a ideal game plan for the Canadiens.
Hamilton's inability to keep a bouncing puck in the Tampa Bay zone turned the Lightning loose on a 2-on-1 break that led to the opening goal by Stephens 2:36 into the game. Nilsson has nine wins, 11 losses, and two OT losses to his name and has maintained a subpar.908 save percentage and 3.18 goals against average this year. It was a decidedly different start from the last time the teams met on November 30 in Tampa Bay, when Carolina scored three first period goals en route to a 3-0 win.
When it comes to defense, both teams are doing a good job keeping the puck out of their net.
The impressive move tricked defender Kevin Shattenkirk and caught goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy out of the center of the disc, and his desperate onslaught could not prevent the captain of the Sabers from increasing Buffalo's lead to 4-1.
One key stat in this matchup is Markstrom's history against the Lightning.
The Lightning (24-13-4), fast climbing the Eastern Conference standings, scored twice in the first five minutes of the game and never let the Canes launch a comeback.
Shattenkirk completed the three-goal comeback in the third when his shot in the slot bounced off Johansson and into the net to tie it at 4 at 6:20, and Killorn's second goal of the game at 8:08 gave the Lightning their first lead.
Tampa made it 2-1 less than three minutes later.
The Lightning, who played a 5 p.m. game at Carolina after winning the previous night in Ottawa, also got 28 saves from Andrei Vasilevskiy to improve to 5-1-1 this season on the second game of a back-to-back.
Both these teams are at the top of their game right now, but the Bolts have more firepower on offense and a goaltender who is proven against the Canucks.
There isn't much value in the Lightning moneyline, so the puckline is the play.
"When you play Tampa - and I know they've had a slow start but they've been good as of late - and to me we were the better team tonight", added Julien. Tampa players blocked an additional 21 shots in the game.