Knights hope to stay hot against two-time defending champs

Golden Knights

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos hoists the Stanley Cup after the team’s 1-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via AP)

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Vegas Golden Knights

Paradise, Nevada; Tuesday, 7 p.m. PST

LINE: Golden Knights -120, Lightning +100

BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Lightning visit Vegas after the Golden Knights beat New York 4-3 in a shootout.

The Golden Knights are 10-6-0 at home. Vegas is fifth in the Western Conference averaging 5.8 assists per game, led by Mark Stone with 0.9.

The Lightning have gone 9-3-2 away from home. Tampa Bay has scored 92 goals and ranks sixth in the Eastern Conference averaging 3.2 goals per game. Steven Stamkos leads the team with 13.

The teams meet Tuesday for the first time this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jonathan Marchessault leads the Golden Knights with 14 goals and has 21 points. Stone has nine assists over the last 10 games for Vegas.

Stamkos leads the Lightning with 13 goals and has 34 points. Corey Perry has five goals over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.

LAST 10 GAMES: Golden Knights: 8-2-0, averaging 4.3 goals, 7.8 assists, 3.6 penalties and 9.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with an .894 save percentage.

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

INJURIES: Golden Knights: None listed.

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

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