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Bolts Breakdown - April 7th

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

This Week’s Schedule:

Tuesday, April 7, 2009
10:30 a.m. pre-game skate (St. Pete Times Forum)
7:30 p.m. game vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Noon practice at St. Pete Times Forum

Thursday, April 9, 2009
10:30 a.m. pre-game skate (St. Pete Times Forum)
7:30 p.m. game vs. Washington Capitals

Friday, April 10, 2009

11 a.m. practice at Brandon Ice Sports Forum

Saturday, April 11, 2009
11:30 a.m. pre-game skate (Philips Arena)
7 p.m. game @ Atlanta Thrashers

Sunday, April 12, 2009 – END OF NHL REGULAR SEASON

*All times EST and subject to change.

Lightning at a Glance:

Overall Record: 24-37-18
Div. Rank: 5th
Conf. Rank: 14th
Streak: The Lightning have earned at least a point in two of their previous three home games (1-1-1).
Last 5: 0-4-1
Last 10: 1-5-4

Injury Update:

Mike Smith - IR (Upper Body)

Andrej Meszaros - IR (Upper Body)

Paul Ranger - IR (Upper Body)

Marek Malik - Day-to-Day (Lower Body)

Cory Murphy - Out Indefinetly (Lower Body)

Richard Petiot - Day-to-Day (Upper Body)

Vincent Lecavalier - Out (Wrist Surgery)

Ryan Craig - Day-to-Day (Upper Body)

Josef Melichar - Day-to-Day (Lower Body)

Recent Transactions:

4/4 – Recalled D Vladmir Mihalik and C Zenon Konopka from Norfolk (AHL)

3/29 – Recalled RW Brandon Bochenski from Norfolk (AHL)

3/19 – Recalled D Josef Melichar from Norfolk (AHL)

3/17 – Recalled D Matt Lashoff from Norfolk (AHL) on an emergency basis

3/16 – Reassigned D Josef Melichar to Norfolk (AHL)


The Lightning’s Steven Stamkos is currently tied for the franchise record for goals in a season by a rookie with 21 (Brad Richards, 21, 2000-01) … He is currently tied for fourth among rookies in the NHL for goals.

Defenseman Matt Lashoff has seen his points and ice time increase from 13:06 and one respectively with Boston to 24:28 and seven with Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay has converted on 40 percent of their power-play chances in the previous two games, converting on two of five opportunities.

Ryan Malone continues to make the most of his chances, leading the NHL in shooting percentage with 26 goals on 122 shots for a 21.3 percentage.

The Lightning’s 21 defensemen used this season is an all-time NHL record with the previous high being 18 by the 1997-98 Edmonton Oilers.

This Week’s Games:

4/7 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins (41-27-8)

This is the fourth and final meeting between Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh this season, with the Lightning posting a 1-1-1 record.
Tampa Bay has outscored the Penguins 5-3 in the first two periods combined this season.

Karri Ramo has a .909 save percentage in one start against the Penguins this season.

Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin has two goals and four points in three games against the Lightning this season, while Chris Kunitz has two goal in just one appearance.

4/9 vs. the Washington Capitals (48-23-8)

This is the sixth and final meeting between the Lightning and Capitals this season, with Washington owning a 5-0-0 advantage.

Martin St. Louis has two goals and eight points in five games against Washington this season, while Ryan Malone has two goals and four points in the same games.
Tampa Bay’s last win against Washington came on November 16, 2007 (Lightning 5, Washington 2)
The Lightning have outscored the Capitals 7-2 in the second period this season.
Washington’s Alex Ovechkin has six goals and 13 points in five games against Tampa Bay this season.

4/11 @ the Atlanta Thrashers (34-39-6)

This is the sixth and final game between Tampa Bay and Atlanta this season with the Lightning posting a 2-2-1 record in the season series.

Martin St. Louis has four goals and seven points in five games against the Thrashers this season … Of his four goals, three of them have come on the power-play.

The Lightning power play has converted on seven of 25 chances against Atlanta this season for a 28.0 percentage.

Vaclav Prospal has 19 goals and 54 points in 48 career games against the Thrashers.
Tampa Bay has outscored Atlanta 5-2 in the second period this season.

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