The Tampa Bay Lightning-Los Angeles Kings ice hockey game is scheduled for the Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa, Florida. Tuesday marked the third consecutive time that the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Los Angeles Kings have found a way into overtime when meeting at Amalie Arena.

The Tampa Bay Lightning got back into the win column on home ice against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night, winning in overtime, 3-2. The Los Angeles Kings cannot win on the road and do not offer much value as an underdog, so it is hard to support them against a Tampa Bay Lightning team (27-14-4) that seems to have found its stride. If the Kings can hold off shots coming in from the point and can count on some defensive production from players such as Drew Doughty and Alex Edler — currently the teams fourth and fifth-leading scorers — then the Tampa Bay Lightning will not know what is coming.

The Kings do not have the threat of a trade deadline hanging over them anymore, and maybe that ties into the spirit of determination they showed against the Tampa Bay Lightning in their 4-3 shootout loss at Amalie Arena. It ended up being the Kings eighth consecutive defeat, but on several levels, Monday was different. The Kings managed to remain competitive, however, winning their past two games, and defeating one of the best teams in the league — the Edmonton Oilers — by a 5-1 margin on Dec. 5.

Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning

The Kings are 4-0 in their past 4 games played with 2 days rest, 21-47-9 in their past 70 road games, and 1-4-1 in their past 5 overall. As for the Kings, after getting off to an insane start early this year, where it looked like the Lightning and LA were going to have a dogfight for the Presidents Trophy, the Kings have underperformed a lot, partly because of an injury to key forward Jeff Carter. Their power play is 0-for-9 over the Kings past three games, including an 0 for-5 effort Saturday against the Minnesota Wild.

If their power play can generate the kind of chances they did Saturday, against a struggling penalty killing unit like the Tampa Bay Lightning, maybe The LA Kings could actually score a goal or two from it. Both Todd McLellan and Brendan Lemieux talked after the game about how, while their power play did not produce any goals, it did contribute in terms of creating some momentum for the team.

The Tampa Bay Lightning would tie the score late in the first period on a Victor Hedman goal, then the Los Angeles Kings would take back the lead at the start of the second period. The Los Angeles Kings opened up the scoring just before the midway point of the first period on the games opening goal by defenceman Drew Doughty.

TAMPA, Fla. – The Lightning and the Los Angeles Kings are set to meet at Amalie Arena Tuesday, following a one-week stretch that has kept the Bolts on the road. The Lightning must start strong in this interconference clash tonight, with the Kings fighting for every point with their playoff lives in the balance. The Kings played the Panthers in Sunrise last night to begin their first game of their seven-game road trip, and they are no doubt going to be somewhat fatigued, so if the Lightning can start fast, that should give the home crowd something extra to root for.

The five-game road trip ended Saturday with a 4-0 loss against the Ottawa Senators, ending their five-game winning streak. The Tampa Bay Lightning faceoff winning percentage sits at 49.1%, as they have accrued 1,577 career faceoff wins, while committing 1,638 career turnovers.

The Los Angeles Kings have a Corsi% of 54.7% as they have attempted 3,202 shots at goal with their power-play unit, while giving up 2,657 shots on goal with that same unit. Jonathan Quick has given up 90 goals on 856 shots faced, and Jack Campbell has allowed 47 goals on 492 shots. Anze Kopitar leads LA with 16 goals, Drew Doughty has 20 assists, and Dustin Brown has 101 shots on goal.

In the absences of both Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point this season, Stamkos has led the Tampa Bay Lightning offense, and he reminded everybody Stamkos is still very good at it, too.

The top defense prospect out of Montreal scored 21 goals last season, and I think has the potential to become an every-game player in the NHL. Jonathan Drouin returned to Quebec City and promptly signed the massive deal – six years, $33M – that the Bolts will never be able to afford. He is a free agent this summer, and will be using his final 20 games to build his case for a contract extension with the Kings.

Tampa Bay -131 moneyline bettors picked up a win on the final play, and total points (five) sent PSU gamblers home happy, too. Moneyline bettors on visiting LA Kings at -128 were awarded, while 4 combined goals moved the game under for total bettors.

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