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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET22:30 BRT, November 23, 2018
Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida  Attendance: 19,092

Struggling Blackhawks visit Lightning

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning

  1. Chicago lost, 4-2, in Washington on Wednesday, falling to 2-7-3 over its last 12 games. That's the Blackhawks' second non-overlapping 12-game span with two or fewer wins this calendar year (also January/February 2018); prior to that, they had not had such a span since January/February 2007.
  2. Tampa Bay beat Florida, 7-3, for its fifth game with six or more goals this season. The Lightning have 21 such games over the last three seasons, the most in the NHL in that span; their 10 games with seven or more goals in that span are tied with Pittsburgh for the most in the NHL.
  3. The Lightning have taken 12 of 14 meetings with the Blackhawks since 2010-11, including all seven in Tampa Bay (five went to overtime/shootout). That's tied for Tampa's fourth-longest home win streak against any opponent and tied for its third longest active streak.
  4. Jonathan Toews logged an assist in the loss to extend his point streak to five games, his second five-game streak this season. He's recorded a helper in four straight games and looks to do so in five straight for the third time in his career (six straight in January/February 2011, five straight in January 2015).
  5. Steven Stamkos notched his 12th career four-point game in the win, sixth-most since he entered the league in 2008-09. Stamkos has 11 goals in 14 career skates against the Blackhawks; that 0.79 goals/game average is the second highest among active players (Ilya Kovalchuk, 0.80; min. 10 games).
  6. Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and added two assists for his second three-point effort in his last four games. He has nine points in those four games, tied for third-most in a four-game span in his career.

TAMPA, Fla. -- A minor shakeup woke up the Tampa Bay Lightning while the Chicago Blackhawks continue to wait on the effect from their major shakeup earlier this month.

The Lightning made a slight change to their top two lines, splitting up the duo of Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov prior to Wednesday's game against the Florida Panthers. It resulted in the pair combining for two goals and seven points in a lopsided victory against Florida despite the two playing a combined 30 seconds of ice time together at even strength.

"We shook the lines up a little bit and it seemed to give everybody a little energy," Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "But (Stamkos) was seeing it, he was feeling it a little bit. He earned all the breaks he was getting, and he was making some fabulous plays out there and that's probably why he ends up with four points."

Stamkos ended up with a season high in points and looked energized and engaged throughout the game while lined up between J.T. Miller and Yanni Gourde.

"We showed some urgency," Stamkos said. "We fed off that. The start is something we have been working on and it was a lot better tonight. ... Guys were battling all night and that's what you want to see. Compete. And when you compete, the skill takes over."

The Blackhawks, who made a coaching change on Nov. 6 bringing in Jeremy Colliton to replace Joel Quenneville, have yet to turn things around since the change was made with just two victories in seven games.

Among the lowest scoring teams in the league at 2.64 goals per game, Colliton has put together a top line of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad in hopes of overloading the offense for a boost.

"If we play them together, they've got to produce," Colliton told the Chicago Sun Times. "Sometimes when you spread them out, no one produces. By loading them up, it puts some pressure on them. But hopefully they play so well, it doesn't matter who has the puck. They're making plays, they break through anyway, no matter who they're playing against."

Since Colliton took over, Chicago has scored more than two goals just twice in seven games and posted a 2-3-2 record while not scoring more than three goals in any game.

"We're definitely hurting for offense right now, and that's from top to bottom . . . the production has gone down," Kane told the Sun Times. "You take it upon yourself as a player that's supposed to score and produce, be able to do that every night. It would be nice to be able to do that more often."

Wednesday night the Blackhawks fell behind the Capitals 1-0 just 54 second in. They eventually trailed 3-0 before pulling within 3-2 at 5:23 of the third period, but Washington's Devante Smith-Pelly scored to make it 4-2 at 7:12 and that was the final.

"Obviously don't want to give up a goal like that," Chicago's Duncan Keith said. "It would have been nice to keep it 3-2 and add some more pressure on them."

Brandon Saad and Erik Gustafsson scored, and Corey Crawford made 23 saves for Chicago.

Updated November 22, 2018

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