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After dropping their first game of the year in a hard way Tuesday, the Avalanche (2-1-0) head south to Tampa to take on the undefeated Lightning (3-0-0).

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There wasn't much pretty about Tuesday night's game against the Capitals. The Avalanche looked like teams of the past few years as they were more than doubled up on shots. The biggest issue was one that has popped up over the first few games: the penalty kill. The Avs allowed the Capitals to have five power plays in the game, and the Capitals took advantage, scoring two power play goals. While the Avs fought hard in the third period, mixing up lines to try and get back in the game, their mistakes had already cost them. Good teams like the Capitals take advantage of mistakes, and the Avs will be playing another good team on Thursday night.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are off to a strong start so far in 2016-2017. They are one of the two teams in the NHL yet to be defeated. The bolts have played some tighter games so far, including a game against the Panthers that featured a controversial shootout goal. A young team showing the brightness of their stars in recent years, the bolts had several personnel issues to address this offseason. The biggest of those issues was the unrestricted free agent status of their captain, Steven Stamkos. While there seemed to be threats of Stamkos running home to Toronto, Steve Yzerman and company were able to lock down the 26-year old power forward to one of the richest contracts in hockey. Stamkos and the bolt will look to continue their winning ways against an Avalanche team looking to respond to their first shutout of the year.

LINES

Landeskog-MacKinnon-Iginla

Grigorenko-Soderberg-Duchene

Martinsen-Colborne-Comeau

McLeod-Smith-G. Bourque

Zadorov-Johnson

Beauchemin-Barrie

Wierchioch-Tyutin

Varlamov

Pickard

NOTES

- Through three games, the Avs have given up six power play goals. Only Chicago, who has given up nine through four games has given up more.

Nathan MacKinnon loves playing Tampa Bay. He has ten points (5 goals, 5 assists) in six games against the Lightning.

- The Avalanche were shutout five times last season. One of which games was the last meeting between these two teams at the Pepsi Center.

GAME INFO

Game time: 5:30pm MT

TV: ALT