5 numbers you need to know after the Chargers go on vacation

TAMPA — The Chargers regrouped Tuesday after a five-day break for the holidays to practice at the Amalie Arena.

They were given a few extra days to play when Friday’s game in Buffalo was postponed due to weather.

Despite suffering back-to-back road losses at halftime, they found themselves in a decent position, six points ahead of the Red Wings (20-11-1, 41 points) and third in the Atlantic Division. They are 13-5-0 in their last 18 games.

Now, the Chargers wrap up December with three home games over four days, starting with back-to-back games against Montreal and the Rangers on Wednesday and Thursday. After that, they will spend most of the next six weeks.

Here are five numbers to know after the break.

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Number of times the Chargers have lost three games in a row this season

Detroit Red Wings left wing David Perron, 57, and center Dylan Larkin, 71, celebrate during the third quarter of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, Dec. 21 in Detroit. Len's goal.
Detroit Red Wings left wing David Perron, 57, and center Dylan Larkin, 71, celebrate during the third quarter of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, Dec. 21 in Detroit. Len’s goal. [ CARLOS OSORIO | AP ]

The Chargers are a team that avoided a three-game losing streak. They have lost three straight this season, including two road games in Toronto and Detroit. The Chargers last lost back-to-back games to the Oilers on Nov. 6 and the Capitals on Nov. 11, and they won 13 of their next 16 games, including four in overtime. race victory. The Chargers are a team that learns from its mistakes. Will a prolonged layoff affect them, or would they benefit from a break from the routine this season?

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Chargers next 14 games against Western Conference opponents

Edmonton Oilers center Derek Ryan (10) and Tampa Bay Lightning left Alex Killorn (17) battle for the puck during the third quarter of an NHL hockey game on Tuesday, Nov. 8 in Tampa, Fla.
Edmonton Oilers center Derek Ryan (10) and Tampa Bay Lightning left Alex Killorn (17) battle for the puck during the third quarter of an NHL hockey game on Tuesday, Nov. 8 in Tampa, Fla. [ JASON BEHNKEN | AP ]

The Chargers have played a ton of division games this season. They are 7-5-0 against Atlantic Division opponents. After back-to-back games this week, the Chargers start 11 of 12 games against Western Conference opponents at home against Arizona. Playing against these teams is a challenge because they don’t often see teams outside the league. But so far, the Chargers have been successful, posting an 8-2-0 record against Western Conference teams. Taxes are likely to increase on travel next month, which will include two trips to western Canada.

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Lightning’s top 20 games for 2023 are on the way

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) greets his teammates after scoring during the third quarter of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit, Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) greets his teammates after scoring during the third quarter of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit, Wednesday, Dec. 21. [ CARLOS OSORIO | AP ]
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The Chargers’ recent surge comes amid extended play mostly at home at the Amalie Arena, where Tampa Bay is 12-4-1 and has won four games in a row on Wednesday and the past six games. five victories. The Chargers don’t see that as a colossal achievement, but more about handling business on the home ice. The next six weeks will be even more challenging, when the Chargers play eight of their 13 games on the road in January and five of their first seven in February. The period ends with a nine-day five-race run through Western Canada, with five different start times. Had the Chargers made that trip in a winning fashion, they would have considered it a greater achievement.

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Braden Pointer’s field goal percentage over the last 13 games

Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) and left wing Brandon Hagel (38) celebrate his goal against Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Tuesday, Dec. 13 .
Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) and left wing Brandon Hagel (38) celebrate his goal against Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Tuesday, Dec. 13 . [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]

No lightning striker has entered the break quite like Poynter, who has 11 goals (including four winners) and three assists in his past 14 games. He exploits his scoring opportunities in a number of ways, whether it’s picking up speed on the open ice or finding the right spot in front of the net to grab a rebound. Point have scored in 6 of their last 8 games and have scored in 3 of their last 14 games. He’s been healthy and scoring goals while averaging a career-high ice time (20:21).

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Andrey Vasilevski’s save percentage over the last 12 games

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy reaches to stop the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Tuesday, Dec. John Tavares.
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy reaches to stop the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Tuesday, Dec. John Tavares. [ CHRIS YOUNG | AP ]

Don’t worry about whether Vasilevski’s workload over the past three seasons has caught up to him. Vasilevski has kept opponents to two goals or fewer in 10 of his last 12 games. His .917 save percentage this season is on par with last season’s (.916), though he’s taking slightly more shots per game this season (30.3) than last year (29.7). What the numbers don’t show are the high-leverage saves he made to keep the Chargers in the game. Even when his teammates dry him up with high-hazard chances due to poor turnovers or poor defense, Vasilevskiy has been great with even power and a .930 save percentage.