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Lightning, Blues feeling confident after shutouts

Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 11:20 AM

By Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Lightning, Blues feeling confident after shutouts

TAMPA -- After the Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Louis Blues each posted a shutout against their respective opponent Friday night, they rested Saturday morning.

The Lightning arrived home from Raleigh, N.C., where they defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0. St. Louis made the hop north from Sunrise, Fla., after shutting out the Florida Panthers 4-0. With each team having played the night before, morning skates were optional, with only a handful of players on the ice.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper tapped Ben Bishop to start in net Saturday against the Blues. Bishop stopped all 31 shots he faced against the Hurricanes for his eighth win and first shutout of the season.

The Blues are expected to counter with Jaroslav Halak in net.

The matchup Saturday pits the top two snipers in the NHL against one another. Alexander Steen, who leads the League with 12 goals, goes head-to-head with Steven Stamkos, whose 10 goals tie him for second with Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

Here are the projected lineups for the Blues and Lightning:

BLUES

Alexander Steen - David Backes - T.J. Oshie

Jaden Schwartz - Patrik Berglund - Vladimir Tarasenko

Derek Roy - Vladimir Sobotka - Chris Stewart

Adam Cracknell - Maxim Lapierre - Ryan Reaves

Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk

Jordan Leopold - Roman Polak

Brian Elliott

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Ian Cole, Chris Porter

Injured: Brenden Morrow (upper body), Magnus Paajarvi (upper body)

LIGHTNING

Alex KillornSteven StamkosMartin St. Louis

Teddy PurcellValtteri FilppulaRyan Malone

Ondrej PalatTyler JohnsonBrett Connolly

B.J. CrombeenNate ThompsonRichard Panik

Matthew CarleRadko Gudas

Victor HedmanSami Salo

Eric BrewerMark Barberio

Ben Bishop

Anders Lindback

Scratched: Keith Aulie, Andrej Sustr, Pierre-Cedric Labrie

Injured: Tom Pyatt (collarbone)

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He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.

— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers