NHL

Sun, Dec 29, 2013 - 7:00 PM ET
Game Preview
 

Rangers-Lightning Preview

Share This Story

   
 

Martin St. Louis is on the brink of matching the longest scoring streak of his career, and a meeting with the New York Rangers may be just what he's looking for.

St. Louis attempts to score a goal for a fifth straight game, while helping the Tampa Bay Lightning get on track with another victory over the Rangers on Sunday night.

St. Louis leads Tampa Bay (23-11-4) with 17 goals and 38 points, and he's totaled eight during a six-game point streak. The star right wing has also found the net in each of the past four games, putting him one shy of his career record reached three times, most recently from Jan. 27-Feb. 4, 2010.

The captain extended his streak with a goal Friday, though the Lightning's season-high five-game winning stretch ended with a 2-1 shootout loss to Montreal.

"If there is a silver lining, we do get a point out of this," coach Jon Cooper said.

Cooper may also find some solace in having St. Louis face the Rangers (18-19-2). He's averaged one point in 45 career meetings, getting 28 in 23 home matchups.

St. Louis also has four points over the last two games, and he was pivotal in the latest on Nov. 25. He scored two goals and set up another to power a 5-0 home win over New York.

Valtteri Filppula assisted on both of St. Louis' tallies in that meeting, but he was held without a point Saturday to snap his season-high five-game point streak. He had there goals and five assists during that stretch.

The Rangers opened this five-game road trip with Friday's 3-2 loss at Washington, scoring just one goal in the first two periods despite a 32-20 advantage in shots.

"We didn't get the job done," said center Derick Brassard, who had an assist. "We had some scoring chances, and we need to capitalize on them.

"I think we need to forget about the game. It would be nice to start the road trip with a big win. It is what it is. We need to focus on the next few games. We need a good road trip."

New York could also use an improved effort from Henrik Lundqvist, who is likely to be back in net after rookie Cam Talbot lost for the first time in three straight starts Friday. Talbot made 31 saves against the Capitals after stopping 49 of 51 shots his previous two games.

That may be enough for the Rangers to return to Lundqvist, who is 2-4-2 with a 3.41 goals-against average in eight games since signing a seven-year, $59.5 million contract extension on Dec. 4.

Lundqvist, the 2012 Vezina Trophy winner and highest paid goalie in the NHL, has won once in his past five games at Tampa Bay, compiling a 3.63 goals-against average.

He was pulled from last month's loss after giving up four goals on 22 shots through two periods.

Benoit Pouliot is on a career-high six-game point streak. The journeyman left wing has three goals and three assists over that stretch after finding the net against the Capitals.

He failed to get a point against Tampa Bay in November, his first game against the Lightning after spending last season with them.

Tagged: Rangers, Lightning, Martin St. Louis, Henrik Lundqvist

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



Play Hockey Simulation Game on WhatIfSports

NHL Videos

Toews, Kane: Easy decision to resign with Blackhawks Posted: Jul 17, 2014
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane say their decision to sign matching 8-year, $84M...

LA mayor 'F-bombs' Kings rally Posted: Jun 17, 2014
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti toasts the Stanley Cup champion Kings in front o...

Kings, fans celebrate Stanley Cup Posted: Jun 16, 2014
Kings players celebrate winning the Stanley Cup with a parade through downtown L...

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Reebok Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Premier Hockey Jersey - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Pittsburgh_Penguins/browse/featuredproduct/175178/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_175000/FF_175178_xl.jpg&w=100 159.95 Reebok Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Premier Hockey Jersey - Black
    Reebok Dallas Stars White Premier Hockey Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Dallas_Stars/browse/featuredproduct/243363/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_243000/FF_243363_xl.jpg&w=100 124.95 Reebok Dallas Stars White Premier Hockey Jersey
    Reebok Tampa Bay Lightning Primary Logo T-Shirt - Royal Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Tampa_Bay_Lightning/browse/featuredproduct/301017/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_301000/ff_301017_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Reebok Tampa Bay Lightning Primary Logo T-Shirt - Royal Blue
    Majestic Anaheim Ducks Black Official Logo Full Zip Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Anaheim_Ducks/browse/featuredproduct/398322/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_398000/FF_398322_xl.jpg&w=100 43.99 Majestic Anaheim Ducks Black Official Logo Full Zip Hoodie Sweatshirt
    Detroit Red Wings Youth Black Southpaw Backpack http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Detroit_Red_Wings/browse/featuredproduct/403205/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_403000/FF_403205_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Detroit Red Wings Youth Black Southpaw Backpack
    Reebok Chicago Blackhawks #88 Patrick Kane Red Premier Hockey Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Chicago_Blackhawks/browse/featuredproduct/408123/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_408000/FF_408123_xl.jpg&w=100 159.95 Reebok Chicago Blackhawks #88 Patrick Kane Red Premier Hockey Jersey
    Majestic New Jersey Devils Red Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_Jersey_Devils/browse/featuredproduct/456774/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_456000/ff_456774_xl.jpg&w=100 47.99 Majestic New Jersey Devils Red Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt
    Vancouver Canucks 2011 NHL Western Conference Champions Hockey Stick http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Vancouver_Canucks/browse/featuredproduct/665779/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_665000/ff_665779_xl.jpg&w=100 11.95 Vancouver Canucks 2011 NHL Western Conference Champions Hockey Stick
    Majestic New York Islanders Royal Blue Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Islanders/browse/featuredproduct/752594/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_752000/ff_752594_xl.jpg&w=100 47.99 Majestic New York Islanders Royal Blue Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt