On February 21, the Tampa Bay will look forward to continuing their 11-game winning streak on a visit to the Vegas Golden Knights, who have played very well lately as well. The Lightning are aiming at the 1st place of the NHL Eastern Conference by outrunning Boston Bruins. Meanwhile, the Golden Knights need to keep good results and strengthen their position in the playoff zone. As we see, the teams are motivated. Who will achieve their goals in the upcoming match?
Vegas Golden Knights
Currently Vegas is in the 5th place of the NHL Western Conference standings, with 70 total points, 192 scored and 185 conceded goals. The Knights are on a three-game winning streak. Three recent home games were quite spectacular. On February 12, the Knights defeated St. Louis Blues in overtime (6-5). The latter, by the way, currently lead the NHL Western Conference. Two days later, Vegas had a win over New York Islanders (1-0). And on February 18, they beat the legendary Washington Capitals (3-2), thus giving their fans one more reason for celebration. Golden Knights’ forward Alex Tuch is injured and will not participate in the game. Other than that, the team is ready. The competition in both conferences is very intense. The gap between three leaders and other teams is quite significant. So, for the teams on the 4th place and lower every game counts. Vegas Golden Knights understand that they need to make to playoff.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The winners of 2004 Stanley Cup, the Lightning occupy the 2nd place of the NHL Eastern Conference standings, with 85 points, 215 scored and only 159 conceded goals. In the upcoming clash Tampa Bay will try to outrace the leaders of the Conference, Boston Bruins, which they trail by just a single point 86 to 85. This way they can almost for sure provide themselves with playoffs.
So, Tampa Bay will fight for personal ambitions and a more convenient place in the standings. It is interesting that the team has not lost since the end of January. The Lightning won each of the last 11 games, among which three was won in overtime. However, three defenders will not help the team against Vegas. They are Braydon Coburn, Ryan McDonagh and Jan Rutta. Their absence may definitely influence the outcome of the game.
Vegas Golden Knights seems to be on a lucky streak. Although the team is rather average, they have found their game.
For Tampa Bay the victory in this clash is a status confirmation, while for Vegas the victory means one more chance for playoffs. We believe that the Knights’ high motivation will do its part and bring them victory. The odds 2.55 are for the Golden Knights’ win.