Tampa Bay evened the best-of-seven series with a 3-2 win in Game 2 on Monday after Dallas’ 4-1 victory in Game 1. The winner of Game 3 when a best-of-7 Final is tied is 22-7 (75.9 percent) in the series.
The Lightning have not won back-to-back games since Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Islanders, going 3-3 in their past six playoff games. The Stars are 6-2 following a loss in this year’s playoffs.
Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos could play in Game 3 and make his playoff debut. He hasn’t played since Feb. 25, when he sustained a lower-body injury.
Dallas forward Blake Comeau, who did not practice Wednesday, will be a game-time decision. He left Game 2 in the second period after a hit by Ryan McDonagh and did not return to the game. Nick Caamano could replace Comeau in the Stars’ lineup.
Wednesday, Sept. 23
Tampa Bay at Dallas, 7 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, SN/NBC Sports Live)