Bolts Prepare For Big Challenge From Rangers

TAMPA (620 WDAE) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to stay unbeaten in the month of december, continuing their current homestand by welcoming in the New York Rangers to Amalie Arena, a team that captain Steven Stamkos knows will present them a tough challenge.

"They work extremely hard," Stamkos said before Monday's game.  "I think they've surprised the league a little bit in how well they've done this season.  When you work that hard, and especially when they didn't have the highest expectations coming in to this season, but they've played really well.  We've seen a few of their games, and a couple of the teams they've beaten recently.  It's going to be a good test for us."

The Lightning (23-7-1) have won fove straight and 11 of 13 since losing goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy to a broken foot.  Vasilevskiy participated in Monday's morning skate, but it will be Louis Domingue again starting in net.

Domingue Monday was named the NHL's second star of the week for the week ending December 9.  The Tampa Bay netminder went 3-0-0 on the week with a 1.33 goals against average and a .957 save percentage.

New York (14-12-3) is coming off a 5-4 shootout win in Sunrise over the Florida Panthers.  Faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 tonight, and will be heard on 970 WFLA.

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