Colorado faces Tampa Bay, aims for 9th straight home win

December 17, 2021 GMT

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado Avalanche

Denver; Saturday, 9 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Colorado hosts Tampa Bay trying to prolong its eight-game home winning streak.

The Avalanche are 10-2-1 at home. Colorado averages 10.2 penalty minutes per game, the third-most in the Western Conference. Gabriel Landeskog leads the team serving 44 total minutes.

The Lightning have gone 9-3-2 away from home. Tampa Bay averages 10.0 penalty minutes per game, the eighth-most in the NHL. Patrick Maroon leads the team serving 42 total minutes.

In their last matchup on Oct. 23, Colorado won 4-3. Nathan MacKinnon recorded a team-high 3 points for the Avalanche.

TOP PERFORMERS: Nazem Kadri has 38 total points for the Avalanche, 11 goals and 27 assists. Mikko Rantanen has 16 points over the last 10 games for Colorado.

Steven Stamkos leads the Lightning with 13 goals and has 34 points. Victor Hedman has eight assists over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.


LAST 10 GAMES: Avalanche: 7-2-1, averaging 4.8 goals, 8.3 assists, 4.5 penalties and 11.8 penalty minutes while giving up 3.6 goals per game with an .887 save percentage.

Lightning: 7-2-1, averaging 3.2 goals, 5.1 assists, 3.2 penalties and 7.8 penalty minutes while allowing 2.2 goals per game with a .930 save percentage.

INJURIES: Avalanche: Bowen Byram: day to day (upper body), Devon Toews: day to day (health and safety protocols), Gabriel Landeskog: out (lower-body), Nazem Kadri: day to day (lower body), Ryan Murray: day to day (lower body).

Lightning: Erik Cernak: day to day (lower body), Brayden Point: out (upper body).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.