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10/09/2013 04:17 PM


Chicago at St. Louis
The Blackhawks look to build on their 5-2 record in their last 7 games against the Blues. Chicago is the pick (+105) according to Dunkel, which has the Blackhawks favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Chicago (+105). Here are all of today's picks.


Game 1-2: Chicago at St. Louis (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Chicago 13.171; St. Louis 12.090
Dunkel Line & Total: Chicago by 1; 5
Vegas Line & Total: St. Louis (-125); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Chicago (+105); Under

Game 3-4: Montreal at Calgary (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Montreal 12.525; Calgary 11.032
Dunkel Line & Total: Montreal by 1 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Montreal (-135); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Montreal (-135); Over

Game 5-6: Ottawa at Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Ottawa 10.592; Los Angeles 11.947
Dunkel Line & Total: Los Angeles by 1 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Los Angeles (-145); 5
Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (-145); Over

Long Sheet

Wednesday, October 9


CHICAGO (1-0-0-1, 3 pts.) at ST LOUIS (2-0-0-0, 4 pts.) - 10/9/2013, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
CHICAGO is 328-339 ATS (+716.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
CHICAGO is 7-3 (+3.5 Units) against the spread versus ST LOUIS over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 7-3-0 straight up against ST LOUIS over the last 3 seasons
5 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.8 Units, Under=-0.5 Units)


MONTREAL (1-1-0-0, 2 pts.) at CALGARY (1-0-0-2, 4 pts.) - 10/9/2013, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MONTREAL is 32-56 ATS (+89.6 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
MONTREAL is 6-17 ATS (+23.4 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
CALGARY is 2-0 (+2.2 Units) against the spread versus MONTREAL over the last 3 seasons
CALGARY is 2-0-0 straight up against MONTREAL over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.0 Units)


OTTAWA (1-0-0-1, 3 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (1-2-0-0, 2 pts.) - 10/9/2013, 10:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
OTTAWA is 14-7 ATS (+22.7 Units) in road games after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game over the last 3 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 49-76 ATS (-56.5 Units) in home games after a non-conference game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
LOS ANGELES is 1-0 (+1.0 Units) against the spread versus OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
LOS ANGELES is 1-0-0 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
0 of 0 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.0 Units)


Armadillo's Write-Up

Wednesday, October 9

Hot teams
-- Blues won first two games, allowing opponents 11-2.

Cold teams
-- Chicago split first two games at home, losing last game in SO.
-- Kings lost their last two games, scoring total of four goals. Ottawa split its first couple of games, scoring total of five points.
-- Calgary lost two of first three games, with losses in SO/OT. Canadiens split first two games, both at home.

Series records
-- Blackhawks are 9-4 in their last thirteen games with St Louis.
-- Kings won four of last five games with Ottawa.
-- Flames won last three games with Montreal, outscoring them 13-5.

-- Four of last five Chicago-St Louis games stayed under the total.
-- Dating back to LY, three of last four Ottawa games went over total.
-- First three Calgary games went over the total.


Wednesday, October 9

Trend Report

8:00 PM
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing Chicago
St. Louis is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Chicago

8:00 PM
Montreal is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Calgary
Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Calgary
Calgary is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Calgary's last 6 games

10:30 PM
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ottawa's last 6 games
Ottawa is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Los Angeles is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games at home
Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Ottawa

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10/09/2013 04:18 PM

Short Sheet

Wednesday, October 9

Chicago at St Louis, 8:05 ET
Chicago: 1-6 SU after playing 2 consecutive home games
St Louis: 9-0 SU in home games off 2 or more consecutive home wins

Montreal at Calgary, 8:05 ET
Montreal: 16-26 SU as a favorite
Calgary: 21-42 SU off a close loss by 1 goal to a division rival

Ottawa at LA Kings, 10:35 ET
Ottawa: 14-7 SU in road games after scoring 4 goals or more
LA Kings: 105-160 SU after a non-conference game

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10/09/2013 04:36 PM

Preview: Blackhawks (1-0) at Blues (2-0)

Date: October 09, 2013 8:00 PM EDT

The St. Louis Blues have done their best in past meetings to counter Chicago's explosive offense with a physical brand of hockey, and that likely won't change when they host the Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

St. Louis, though, has proved through its first two contests that it can light up the scoreboard as well.

A popular pick to win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history, the Blues (2-0-0) are on the verge of winning their first three games for the first time since 1993 while scoring goals in bunches.

They netted the game's first three goals within 10 minutes in a 4-2 win over Nashville on Thursday before scoring four in the second period of Saturday's 7-0 win over Florida.

Brenden Morrow and Derek Roy, signed in the offseason to help upgrade an offense that finished near the middle of the league in scoring last season, each scored Saturday, while Jaroslav Halak recorded his franchise-record 17th shutout with 19 saves.

"We knew all along that we probably don't have that superstar talent, but we're a grinding team that's solid throughout,' said Morrow, whose goal was the 250th of his career. "Anyone can be the hero any given night.'

Jaden Schwartz added a goal and two assists, and he scored twice as the Blues won the most recent meeting with Chicago 3-1 on April 27 in another physical battle between the teams that has become the norm in recent years.

The Blackhawks mostly have withstood those tests, having won five of the last seven matchups overall, and Patrick Kane said the defending Stanley Cup champions know what to expect Wednesday.

"We know they're going to try and bring that physical element to the game," Kane said. "That's fine with us, we'll play that way and try to capitalize on power plays and scoring chances, whatever it may be."

Those battles have added intensity to a rivalry sure to pick up even more steam now that Chicago's historic rival, Detroit, is playing in the Eastern Conference.

"We feel they're our new rivalry now with Detroit leaving the division," forward Bryan Bickell said. "It's going to be a like a playoff atmosphere for sure because they're physical and a hard team to play against in their building."

The league's realignment has put more emphasis on divisional play, and the Blackhawks and Blues are expected to battle for the top spot in the revamped Central.

"You're looking at St. Louis thinking this could be a very important game the way things set up over the course of the season," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I'm sure they're excited about playing us as well."

Chicago (1-0-1) will be looking to bounce back after falling 3-2 in a shootout to Tampa Bay on Saturday despite outshooting the Lightning 39-16 and not allowing a shot on goal in the first period.

Kane and Brandon Saad each scored their second goal of the season.

"It was pretty near a perfect game for us,' said goaltender Corey Crawford, who made 14 saves. "I had to find a way to come up with one save at the end to shut it down, and I didn't.'

Crawford is 6-0-1 with a 1.44 goals-against average in his last six appearances against the Blues, while Halak is 3-1-3 with a 2.08 GAA in seven career starts against Chicago.



Apr 27, 2013 Score ATS Results
CHI 1 Under: 4
STL « 3 Cover: 162
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Apr 14, 2013 Score ATS Results
CHI « 2 Under: 2
STL 0 Cover: 298
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Apr 4, 2013 Score ATS Results
STL « 4 Over: 7
CHI 3 Cover: 229
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Feb 28, 2013 Score ATS Results
CHI « 3 Under: 3
STL 0 Cover: 297
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Jan 22, 2013 Score ATS Results
STL 2 Under: 5
CHI « 3 Cover: 261

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10/09/2013 04:38 PM

Preview: Canadiens (1-1) at Flames (1-0)

Date: October 09, 2013 8:00 PM EDT

Lars Eller and the Montreal Canadiens were feeling good after posting their first victory over the weekend.

The mood could become more somber in Calgary, where they haven't won in almost 12 years.

The Canadiens try to snap a seven-game winless stretch at Scotiabank Saddledome when they begin a four-game road trip against the Flames on Wednesday night.

After suffering a 4-3 season-opening loss to Toronto, Montreal (1-1-0) bounced back Saturday with a 4-1 win over Philadelphia. Eller was one of four players to tally a goal and an assist and Alex Galchenyuk added two helpers.

"I think that's the strength of our team, the depth of our scoring," captain Brian Gionta told the team's official website. "You look up and down the lineup, we have three lines that can score goals and that's a huge key for us."

On the verge of a possible breakout campaign, the 24-year-old Eller has already notched three goals and two assists.

"I got off on the right foot," he said. "The whole line has been playing great. We're creating space for each other. If you create chances, the goals are going to come."

The Canadiens now hit the road, where they went 15-7-2 last season to finish with 32 points, tied for fourth-most in the NHL. Montreal, however, is 0-6-0 with one tie in its last seven road games against the Flames, losing the last six by a combined 24-12 score.

The Canadiens, who have also dropped three straight and six of seven in the series overall, haven't won in Calgary since a 4-2 victory Jan. 5, 2002.

"We've got to focus on Calgary first," defenseman Josh Gorges said. "You can't worry about what the outcome is going to be at the end of four games. It's too far ahead to think that way.

"I think that moving forward on this road trip, we need to keep on building on what we did here and keep getting better."

The Flames (1-0-2) have compiled at least one point in each of their first three contests after falling 5-4 to Vancouver in overtime Sunday. Joey MacDonald stopped just 23 shots for Calgary, which went 0 for 3 on the power play for the second straight game.

The Flames are 1 for 11 on the man advantage and have allowed 12 goals.

"We have some kinks to work out of our system," coach Bob Hartley told the Flames' official website. "We have to learn to kick the other teams rather than kicking ourselves at the wrong time of the game, but if it would be by a lack of commitment or a lack of work, I'd be very worried.

"It's either a lack of experience or right now, a lack of execution and that's my part. I'll take the responsibilities. We need to keep moving forward with those players, keep pushing them, keep motivating them."

Former Flames forward Rene Bourque, who was sent to Montreal in January 2012, will play his 500th career game in his second trip back since the trade.

"I think I was a little nervous last time just because it was my first game against them. I'm pretty relaxed coming back here now," he said. "It's nothing like it was the first game back."

Montreal's Carey Price, who made 22 saves Saturday, has compiled a 4.37 goals-against average in losing each of his three starts against Calgary.

Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty is likely to return after sitting out against the Flyers with an arm injury.

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10/09/2013 04:40 PM

Preview: Senators (1-0) at Kings (1-2)

Date: October 09, 2013 10:30 PM EDT

Jonathan Quick should get a chance to redeem himself.

The Los Angeles Kings would just like to avoid a three-game slide.

Quick will try to bounce back from an embarrassing gaffe and help the Kings continue their home dominance of the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.

Quick started this season in strong fashion, stopping 27 of 29 shots before turning aside both shootout attempts in Thursday's 3-2 win over Minnesota. He hasn't been nearly that effective over the last two games, giving up seven goals on 55 shots.

His latest performance, however, included his worst moment of the young season. The All-Star goaltender left the net to play a dump-in off the boards early in the third period, but lost his stick before the puck deflected off his blocker and trickled in for a short-handed goal - and the final tally - in a 3-1 defeat to the New York Rangers on Monday.

"You play 60 minutes and you try to stop the puck for your teammates, that's the thought process," said Quick, the 2012 Conn Smythe Award winner during the Kings' run to their first Stanley Cup. "Everyone gives up that goal, and it's part of the game."

Facing Ottawa (1-0-1) - especially at home - could be just what Quick and the Kings need.

Los Angeles has won seven of the last nine meetings with the Senators, and owns an 11-1-0 record with one tie in 13 all-time at home.

Quick is 3-1-0 with a 1.76 GAA and one shutout in four career starts versus Ottawa, winning both at home while making 27 saves in a 4-1 victory in the latest matchup Jan. 23, 2012.

While Quick is looking to continue that success and show some improvement, so are the rest of the Kings. They've scored half of their six goals on the power play, but are looking for more intensity at even strength.

"Our five-on-five play needs to improve," right wing Justin Williams said. "It's non-existent right now. Certainly we need to get dirty. We need to become whole, put our work before skill, and get dirty and greasy, bang some in and rebound."

The Senators are on a season-opening six-game road trip and trying to end a five-game losing streak and six-game winless skid in Los Angeles since their lone victory there on Jan. 11, 2000.

So far, coach Paul MacLean is encouraged after opening the season with a 1-0 win at Buffalo on Friday before squandering a two-goal lead to fall 5-4 in a shootout at Toronto the following day.

"We come on the road and get three of a possible four points, had the lead at 4-2 halfway through the game so, yeah, we can take that out of the game," MacLean said. "The way we played over the course of the 60 minutes, much like (Friday), we can take the good, throw out the bad and get on with our season."

Jason Spezza, who missed all but five games last season due to back surgery, got his first goal of 2013-14 on Saturday after coming up empty on seven shots in the opener. The center has no points and is a minus-3 in four games at Los Angeles.

Kyle Turris leads the Senators with four points through two games.

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10/09/2013 06:10 PM

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

10/08/13 11-­4-­1 73.33% +­3175 Detail
10/07/13 1-­3-­0 25.00% -­900 Detail
10/06/13 0-­4-­0 0.00% -­2300 Detail
10/05/13 9-­13-­0 40.91% -­3225 Detail
10/04/13 3-­7-­0 30.00% -­2700 Detail
10/03/13 6-­7-­3 46.15% -­1000 Detail
10/02/13 3-­3-­0 50.00% -­85 Detail
10/01/13 4-­2-­0 66.67% +­735 Detail

Totals 37-­43-­4 46.25% -­6300

Wednesday, October 9

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Chicago - 8:00 PM ET St. Louis -120 500

St. Louis - Over 5.5 500 POD # 3

Montreal - 8:00 PM ET Montreal -120 500

Calgary - Over 5.5 500 POD # 1

Ottawa - 10:30 PM ET Los Angeles -160 500

Los Angeles - Under 5 500 POD # 2

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10/10/2013 04:22 PM

Preview: Hurricanes (1-1) at Capitals (1-2)

Date: October 10, 2013 7:00 PM EDT

The Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes are working out some early season kinks, and the former Southeast Division rivals are hoping a win Wednesday night will give them firmer footing in the new-look Metropolitan Division.

The Capitals (1-2-0) have been idle since a 2-1 defeat at Dallas on Saturday. Alex Ovechkin continued his quick start with his team-high fourth goal, but Washington has been plagued by defensive breakdowns and been outscored 10-3 while playing at even strength.

"We had lots of chances - lots of crossbars and posts," said Ovechkin, who has scored on the power play in all three contests and has 24 goals and 65 points in 52 games against Carolina.

The time off has allowed coach Adam Oates to evaluate some of his younger players, with 19-year-old defenseman Connor Carrick drawing most of his scrutiny - and some praise - in the early going.

"I think the one thing we're conscious of is are we hurting his learning curve, has he stopped learning because he's in survival mode," Oates said of Carrick, one of two teenagers on the team along with forward Tom Wilson. "When I watch them play, they don't look like 19 year olds. They make mistakes, but I haven't seen a 19-year-old mistake yet."

Oates is also hoping Washington's second line of Brooks Laich, Mikael Grabovski and Troy Brouwer found some cohesion with the extra time to practice. Grabovski has proven potent on the power play, totaling two goals and two assists, and Laich knows his trio must back up Ovechkin's line for Washington to be successful.

"If you stop the top line, you have a good chance of winning," Laich said. "They have a little bit more depth but I think our depth is even greater and our special teams should do the job and should help us all get a win."

Despite a 4.48 goals-against average through three games, Braden Holtby likely will start in net. He went 3-1-0 with a 1.75 GAA and a shutout versus Carolina last season.

The Hurricanes (1-1-1) are trying to regroup after losing 5-2 at Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. They overcame a two-goal deficit to tie the game at 2 with 16:47 left on Nathan Gerbe's goal, only to give up three unanswered tallies in an eight-minute span as ex-Hurricane Jussi Jokinen recorded a hat trick.

"It's a lesson for us that we have to play for 60 minutes," coach Kirk Muller said. "It's every inch, every play you do is important. These good teams, they force you to perform on every shift and we have to sustain it every time we're on the ice."

Gerbe and Radek Dvorak have accounted for four of Carolina's six goals, while brothers Eric and Jordan Staal have combined for one goal and a minus-4 rating.

Carolina yielded two power-play goals in three chances Tuesday after killing off all five penalties in its first two games.

Washington won the last three games between the teams last season and four of five overall in 2012-13 en route to the Southeast title.

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10/10/2013 04:23 PM

Preview: Avalanche (3-0) at Bruins (2-0)

Date: October 10, 2013 7:00 PM EDT

Under Patrick Roy, the Colorado Avalanche are off to their best start since moving to Denver.

Whether they can keep it going despite their top goaltender getting a night of rest remains to be seen.

Colorado visits the Boston Bruins on Thursday night seeking its sixth consecutive road win in the series.

The Avalanche are 3-0-0 for the first time in their 18-year history since moving from Quebec with Roy leading the way in his first season as coach. The franchise's best start was a 7-0-0 mark as the Nordiques in 1985-86.

"It's just more momentum on our side," Cory Sarich told the team's official website after scoring his first goal since Jan. 10, 2012, in the team's 2-1 win at Toronto on Tuesday. "We have to keep working on things, we have to stay grounded. We'll enjoy (the win) for a minute.

P.A. Parenteau recorded the go-ahead goal in the third period, his third of the season, with No. 1 overall pick Nathan MacKinnon getting credited for his fourth assist. Parenteau scored two goals the last time he faced the Bruins while with the Islanders on March 31, 2012.

Fifteen players have recorded at least one point for the Avalanche, including eight with two or more.

"This is what our team is about right now. Everybody is chipping in," Roy told the team's website. "Overall, it's a team effort and that's what we're looking for."

A big reason for Colorado's success has been Semyon Varlamov stopping 88 of 91 shots. However, Roy said he will give Jean-Sebastien Giguere his first start of the year. He owns a 3.19 goals-against average in six career starts versus Boston.

The Bruins (2-0-0) have won their first two games for the second straight season following a 4-1 home victory over Detroit on Saturday. Boston was 2 for 4 on power-play chances, with Zdeno Chara scoring a goal and also using his 6-9, 255-pound frame to screen opposing goalie Jimmy Howard and set up another power-play score for Torey Krug.

The club was scoreless on five chances with the man advantage in a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay in the opener. Colorado has held opponents scoreless on seven power-play opportunities.

"It's always been a basic part of my game to work hard," Chara said. "When I'm in there, I might as well enjoy it."

Coach Claude Julien has the advantage of four days off between games, a rarity during last season's lockout-shortened schedule.

"It's good in a way with the new players that we have in our lineup, not necessarily about teaching, but again going through some things here that are reminders. And you hear me say a lot about making things become second nature and by repeating things in practice, it gives you that opportunity to create that," he told the team's website.

Jarome Iginla has tallied nine goals and four assists over his last 12 games versus Colorado, while David Krejci has six points in four career matchups.

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10/10/2013 04:24 PM

Preview: Blue Jackets (1-1) at Sabres (0-3)

Date: October 10, 2013 7:00 PM EDT

The potential return of No. 1 goaltender Ryan Miller should instill some confidence in the struggling Buffalo Sabres.

Unfortunately, he won't be able to do much to improve the league's worst offense.

With Miller likely to return, the Sabres aim to notch their elusive first win Thursday night when the well-rested Columbus Blue Jackets visit.

After opening the season with three consecutive losses and scoring two goals in those games, Buffalo doubled its output in a 3-2 overtime loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday. The Sabres (0-3-1) earned their first point and avoided becoming only the 15th NHL team to open a season with three or fewer goals through four games.

Both goals came on the power play after Buffalo began the season 0 for 13 with the man advantage.

"We were able to get some more pucks through," coach Ron Rolston said. "I thought we had some more plays at the net and around the net. I think whenever that happens, you're going to have some success."

Jhonas Enroth made 32 saves in his second consecutive start but could give way to Miller on Thursday.

Miller did not dress Saturday against Pittsburgh and served as Enroth's backup Tuesday while nursing a lower-body injury. Miller, though, was a full participant in practice Wednesday and Rolston said he is healthy and available to play against Columbus.

"I knew it was pretty minor. I was just being cautious," Miller told the team's official website. "Jhonas was going to play in Pittsburgh anyways so I just took that opportunity to rest completely and guarantee some rest."

Miller, who has stopped 77 of 80 shots in his first two games, has a 2.12 goals-against average in five starts against the Blue Jackets (1-1-0).

Buffalo hasn't gone this long without a win to start a season since opening 0-5-0 with two ties in 1999-2000.

One of the many players Rolston hopes to see more from is second-year center Mikhail Grigorenko, the 12th overall pick in the 2012 draft. The 19-year-old has no points this season and one goal in 29 NHL games.

Rolston reiterated an earlier comment that Grigorenko's compete level was getting closer to where the coaching staff would like it to be.

"It's getting there, but it needs to continue to improve, I think," he said. "That's that last hurdle for him and that's something that he's got to work on."

This will be the first game for Columbus since a 3-2 shootout victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday after a season-opening 4-3 loss to Calgary a night earlier.

Mark Letestu and Nick Foligno scored 4:19 apart in the third period as the Blue Jackets erased a two-goal deficit before Cam Atkinson's goal in the fourth round of the shootout sealed the win.

"We pull for each other," Foligno said. "We played hard, the way we expect to play every night. We were rewarded for it. We kept pressing and wound up with a great result."

Sergei Bobrovsky figures to be back in net after stopping 28 shots through overtime and three of four shootout attempts Saturday.

This will be the teams' first meeting since the Blue Jackets' 5-1 home victory Nov. 25, 2011, ended a three-game losing streak in the series.

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10/10/2013 04:25 PM

Preview: Panthers (1-2) at Lightning (2-1)

Date: October 10, 2013 7:30 PM EDT

The Tampa Bay Lightning have demonstrated an early knack for comeback victories.

Their coach would like to see a more complete performance.

Tampa Bay follows a three-game trip with its home opener Thursday night against the Florida Panthers.

The Lightning are 2-1-0 despite not holding a lead in regulation. After a 3-1 loss at Boston last Thursday, they scrapped for a 3-2 shootout victory in Chicago, overcoming a two-goal, third-period deficit. Then they erased a 2-1 hole on the way to a 3-2 overtime victory in Buffalo on Tuesday.

Perhaps playing the first of a season-long seven-game homestand can help Tampa Bay get off to a quicker start.

"We don't want to play with fire every single game," coach Jon Cooper said. "But they showed some resiliency and came back in two tough buildings and got us four points."

Tampa Bay's last contest was seemingly put out of reach by the Sabres early in the third period, but a high-sticking penalty negated a goal by Thomas Vanek. Teddy Purcell tied the game on the ensuing advantage, and Alex Killorn scored the winner in the extra period.

"That was a big turn of events," Cooper said. "The way it played out, that was a big momentum shift for us."

Meanwhile, the Panthers (1-2-0) are looking to earn a split of their four-game road trip. To do so, they'll likely need to break through on the power play, where they're scoreless despite 16 chances. Tampa Bay has yielded three goals on 12 penalty kills.

Florida squandered five advantages in a 2-1 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday with Flyers goaltender Steve Mason stopping 33 shots.

Brad Boyes accounted for the team's lone goal.

"He just had an answer for all of our shots," said Shawn Matthias, who was denied on a second-period breakaway. "We have to get giddier and work on it."

Goaltender Tim Thomas left in the first period due to a pulled groin and didn't return, though coach Kevin Dineen said the injury didn't appear serious. He was replaced by Jacob Markstrom, who stopped all 25 shots he faced.

Thomas owns a .923 save percentage in 18 games against the Lightning, including 16 starts.

Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis is one point away from sole possession of 94th place on the league's all-time scoring list. His 915 points are tied with Bobby Orr.

St. Louis has 34 points over his last 26 games versus Florida.

Purcell owns six assists and one goal in his last four against the Panthers.

Tampa Bay had won seven straight in the series before dropping the last two meetings, both at home. The Lightning haven't lost three in a row at home to the Panthers since a five-game home slide from Nov. 27, 1998-March 10, 2000.

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