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Saturday, November 16th (All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay Lightning (14-5-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (13-4-3), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to continue to play strong hockey without Steven Stamkos as they visit the Phoenix Coyotes for Saturday's battle at Jobing.com Arena.

The Lightning dropped a 3-0 decision in Boston on Monday when Stamkos suffered a broken right tibia in the second period, but the club has since recorded two straight wins with their franchise player on the shelf. Stamkos, who underwent surgery to repair the break on Tuesday, is sidelined indefinitely. He is leading the team in both goals (14) and points (23) this season.

Tampa Bay recorded a 2-1 shootout win Tuesday at Montreal and then handed the visiting Anaheim Ducks a 5-1 shellacking on Thursday. Valtteri Filppula scored twice and added an assist to aid the Lightning offense in the rout of the Ducks.

Martin St. Louis added a goal and two assists, while Victor Hedman had a goal and a helper. Alex Killorn also scored for the Lightning, who have won six of their last seven games, and Ben Bishop posted 24 saves in the win.

"I think we put on a great performance tonight and played hard from the get- go," said Hedman. "We were able to put a lot of pressure in their zone and when you do that the goals will come."

The Lightning, who lead the Eastern Conference with 28 points, will try to stay hot when they open a four-game road trip tonight. Tampa is 6-3-0 as the visiting team this season and also will visit Los Angeles, San Jose and Anaheim during this Western swing.

Tampa has dominated the Coyotes in recent years, winning three straight and 10 of the past 12 encounters between the clubs. The Bolts also have claimed three in a row and six of the last seven meetings in the desert.

Phoenix could pick up a rare win in this series tonight, considering the club is sporting a terrific 8-0-1 mark on home ice this season. Only the Ducks, who are 8-0-0 at the Honda Center, have a better home record in the NHL this season.

Despite coming off a shootout loss Thursday night in Chicago, the Coyotes also have won in seven of their past nine trips to the ice. The club has suffered only two regulation losses over its past 17 games, going 12-2-3 during that stretch.

The Coyotes went 1-0-1 on a recent two-game trip, posting a 3-2 overtime decision in St. Louis on Tuesday before losing to the Blackhawks by a 5-4 score. Brandon Pirri tied the game in the third period and scored the deciding goal in the shootout to lift Chicago past Phoenix.

Michael Stone had two goals for the Coyotes, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Shane Doan and Lauri Korpikoski added one goal apiece, while Mike Smith stopped 48-of-52 shots in defeat.

"You have to fight hard against a team like that in their own arena," said Smith. "The guys did a good job of sticking with it and give us a point on the road."

Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek left Thursday's game with a lower-body injury and did not return. He is not expected to play tonight.

Phoenix is opening a three-game homestand tonight and will also welcome Colorado and Anaheim during the residency.

11/16 10:42:47 ET

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Schedule

Wednesday, April 16Full Scoreboard
Montreal 4/16 7:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay CNBC, CBC, RDS, SunSports
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Columbus 4/16 7:30 PM ET
Pittsburgh NBCSN, CBC, FS-OH, ROOT
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Dallas 4/16 10:00 PM ET
Anaheim NBCSN, TSN
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Full Scoreboard

Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
TV
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