ESPN will host Tuesday’s game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars with puck drop set shortly after 9:30 pm ET. The game will take place at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. It’s the second game on ESPN’s National Hockey Night doubleheader. The Lightning are a light road favorite (-155).
The Tampa Bay Lightning (44-20-8) have had a few hurdles in the past month, but the back-to-back, defending Stanley Cup champions are hoping to get things right in the last 10 games before the playoffs begin. The Lightning are in a positioning battle in the Atlantic Division. They are currently in third place, one point ahead of Boston and four points behind Toronto. Former Vezina and Conn Smythe trophy winner Andrei Vasilevskiy has looked very defeated in recent weeks and joins last night’s match after losing three consecutive starts (0-2-1). Striker Nikita Kucherov has recently warmed up, scoring 16 points (5 G, 11 A) in the past 13 games. Defender Victor Hedman is one assist short to reach 50 for the second time in his career.
Dallas is fighting with a host of teams for the two wild-card spots in the Western Conference. The Stars (41-27-4) currently have the second wild card, two points for the Vegas Golden Knights and five points for the Winnipeg Jets. Nashville, Los Angeles and Vancouver are also battling for what will be the most exciting playoff race in hockey in the last 17 days. Striker Jason Robertson is one to watch in Dallas after scoring two goals Sunday in a 6-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Robertson leads the Stars with 34 goals this season. Scott Wedgewood will get the start tonight in goal and he is 3-1-1 over his last five starts.
Lightning vs. Stars
Date: Tuesday 12 April
Start time: 9:30 PM ET
TV channel: ESPN
live broadcast: WatchESPN, ESPN app
If you are not on a TV to watch this NHL matchup, you can stream the game via WatchESPN or the ESPN app. But keep in mind that you will need a cable login subscription. If you do not have cable subscription to access ESPN for a live stream, you can get a free trial of YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to play the game streams.