THE SERIES: This is the season's only meeting. The Lightning leads 13-5-2.
KEY INJURIES: Los Angeles _ Jason Allison (whiplash, out), Adam Deadmarsh (post-concussion, out); Jozef Stumpel (chest, out). Tampa Bay _ None.
THE LOWDOWN: The Lightning's 5-1 loss Tuesday to the Capitals snapped its eight-game unbeaten streak to start the season. Tampa Bay's first loss last season, 5-1 to the Devils after a seven-game unbeaten streak, was answered with a 6-1 victory over the Panthers. Despite Wednesday's win against the Panthers, Los Angeles has lost three of its past six. RW Ziggy Palffy led the league with 13 assists and 10 power-play assists. He was second with 10 power-play points and tied for third with 16 points. G Roman Cechmanek had an .876 save percentage in his previous six games. The Kings had the league's worst penalty kill at 72.9 percent. Lightning RW Martin St. Louis has goals in consecutive games. The Kings' last victory over the Lightning was October 1999. Tampa Bay has won two straight at the Times Forum and is unbeaten in six overall (4-0-2) against the Kings.
_ Compiled by Damian Cristodero.