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Bolts Breakdown - December 29

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, December 29
11:00 a.m. practice (St. Pete Times Forum)

Tuesday, December 30
10:30 a.m. pre-game skate (St. Pete Times Forum)
7:30 p.m. game vs. Montreal Canadiens

Wednesday, December 31
11:00 a.m. practice (St. Pete Times Forum)

Thursday, January 1
11:30 a.m. pre-game skate (Verizon Center)
7:00 p.m. game at Washington Capitals

Friday, January 2
Noon practice (St. Pete Times Forum)

Saturday, January 3
10:30 a.m. pre-game skate (St. Pete Times Forum)
7:30 p.m. game vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Sunday, January 4
11:30 a.m. pre-game skate (Philips Arena)
5:00 p.m. game at Atlanta Thrashers

*Schedule subject to change.

Lightning at a Glance:

Overall Record: 10-16-9
Div. Rank: 4th
Conf. Rank: t-12th
Streak: Tampa Bay has won three consecutive games
Last 5: 3-1-1
Last 10: 4-5-1

Injury Update:

Gary Roberts (Upper Body, IR)
David Koci (Upper Body, IR)
Lukas Krajicek (Upper Body, Day-to-Day)
Olaf Kolzig (Upper Body, Day-to-Day)


The Lightning have won three consecutive games, tying their longest streak of the season from 10/28 until 11/1.

The line of Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Ryan Malone combined for four goals and 11 points in Saturday’s 6-4 win against Florida.

Mark Recchi is currently on a four-game point streak with one goal and five points.

Evgeny Artyukhin has scored in two straight games, tying his career best which he did from 2/7-2/9/06.

Tampa Bay is 6-2-3 when Lecavalier scores a goal.

Saturday’s six goals were the most scored by the Lightning this season.

This Week’s Games:

12/30 vs. the Montreal Canadiens (19-9-6)

This is the second of four meetings between the Lightning and Montreal this season with Tampa Bay taking the only other meeting, 3-1, at Montreal on December 11.

Montreal natives Martin St. Louis (2-0-2) and Vincent Lecavalier (1-1-2) have combined for three goals and four points in one game against the Canadiens this year.

Goaltender Mike Smith has never played against Montreal in his career.

Tampa Bay has won two consecutive games against the Habs.

1/1 at the Washington Capitals (23-11-3)

This is second of six meetings between the Lightning and Capitals this season with Washington winning, 4-2, on November 11.

Tampa Bay has scored two power play goals on five opportunities (40%) against the Capitals this season.

The Lightning have lost six consecutive games to Washington.

Washington is 8-2-0 in their previous 10 games.

1/3 vs. the Carolina Hurricanes (17-15-5)

This is the third meeting between Tampa Bay and Carolina this season.

The Lightning are 0-0-2 against the Hurricanes this season, with one shootout and one overtime loss.

Tampa Bay holds a 3-0 goal advantage in the first period this season and a 5-3 edge in the first 40 minutes.

Vincent Lecavalier has two goals in two games against Carolina this season.

1/4 at the Atlanta Thrashers (12-20-4)

This is the third meeting between the Lightning and Thrashers this season with each team winning in their home building.

This game starts a five-game road trip that will end in San Jose on the 13th.

Each team has scored six goals in the season series.

The teams have combined for six goals in the first period this season.

Martin St. Louis has two goals and four points in two games against Atlanta this season.

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