Lightning to host Gaudreau and the Flames
Calgary Flames (17-8-6, third in the Pacific) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (22-8-5, first in the Atlantic)
Tampa, Florida; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Johnny Gaudreau and Calgary square off against Tampa Bay. He ranks eighth in the in the league with 37 points, scoring 14 goals and recording 23 assists.
The Lightning are 11-3-3 on their home ice. Tampa Bay ranks 10th in the NHL recording 8.8 points per game, averaging 3.3 goals and 5.5 assists.
The Flames are 13-5-2 on the road. Calgary has scored 98 goals and is sixth in the Western Conference averaging 3.2 goals per game. Andrew Mangiapane leads the team with 18.
The teams match up Thursday for the first time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Steven Stamkos leads the Lightning with 40 points, scoring 16 goals and registering 24 assists. Ondrej Palat has five goals and seven assists over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
Elias Lindholm leads the Flames with a plus-26 in 31 games this season. Gaudreau has five goals and seven assists over the last 10 games for Calgary.
LAST 10 GAMES: Lightning: 6-3-1, averaging 3.2 goals, 5.7 assists, 3.8 penalties and 10.3 penalty minutes while giving up 3.4 goals per game with an .883 save percentage.
Flames: 5-4-1, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.8 assists, 2.9 penalties and 6.6 penalty minutes while giving up three goals per game with a .901 save percentage.
INJURIES: Lightning: Zach Bogosian: day to day (lower body).
Flames: None listed.