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Bolts Breakdown - December 8

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, December 8, 2008
11:30 a.m. morning skate at Boston;
7 p.m. game at Boston Bruins (Sun Sports, 970 WFLA)
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Practice in Boston time TBD
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
11:30 a.m. morning skate at Buffalo;
7 p.m. game at Buffalo Sabres (Sun Sports, 620 WDAE)
Thursday, December 11, 2008
11:30 a.m. morning skate at Montreal;
7 p.m. game at Montreal Canadiens (Sun Sports, 620 WDAE)
Friday, December 12, 2008
Practice in Ottawa TBD
Saturday, December 13, 2008
11:30 morning skate at Ottawa;
7 p.m. game at Ottawa Senators (Sun Sports, 620 WDAE)
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Day off
Monday, December 15, 2008
11 a.m. practice at St. Pete Times Forum

Lightning at a Glance:

Overall Record: 6-12-8
Div. Rank: 5th
Conf. Rank: 30th
Streak: The Lightning have gone 0-4-2 in the previous six
Last 5: 0-4-1
Last 10: 1-5-4

Injury Update:

Chris Gratton (Lower body, IR)
Gary Roberts (Upper body, IR)
David Koci (Upper body, IR)
Matt Pettinger (Lower body, IR)
Ryan Malone (Upper body, Day-to-Day)
Jeff Halpern (Non-roster)


Vincent Lecavalier has four goals and eight assists in his previous 10 games.

Steven Stamkos leads the NHL in shots on goal among rookies with 62.

Mike Smith is currently tied with Nikolai Khabibulin for the highest save percentage in franchise history with .914.

Tampa Bay is tied for the most one-goal-games played in the NHL with 17.

The Lightning have allowed less than 30 shots in consecutive games for the first time this season.

This Week’s Games:

12/8 at the Boston Bruins (18-4-4)

This is the second meeting between the Lightning and Bruins this season, the first at the TD Banknorth Garden.

Tampa Bay has a 3-17-9 record all-time at Boston, but are 2-2-2 in their previous six games.

Mike Smith has a 1.51 career goals-against average against Boston.

The Lightning have outscored the Bruins 1-0 in the first period this season.

12/10 at the Buffalo Sabres (12-11-3)

This is the third of four meetings between the Lightning and Sabres this season, the last at HSBC Arena.

Tampa Bay is 1-0 at Buffalo this season, with a 5-2 win on October 30.

Steven Stamkos and Paul Ranger each have two goals against Buffalo this season.

The teams have combined to go 2-for-20 on the power play in the season series.

Tampa Bay is 2-2-1 in their previous five games at Buffalo.

12/11 at the Montreal Canadiens (15-6-5)

This is the first meeting between the Lightning and Canadiens this season.

Vaclav Prospal had four goals in four games with Tampa Bay against Montreal last season.

The Lightning outscored the Canadiens 5-3 in the second period last season.

Montreal goaltender Carey Price has a 1.85 career goals-against average against the Lightning.

12/13 at the Ottawa Senators (10-10-4)

This is the second meeting between the teams this season and the first at Scotiabank Place.

Tampa Bay won the only previous meeting this season, 3-2 at the St. Pete Times Forum on November 1.

Vincent Lecavalier has three goals and five points in his previous five games against Ottawa.

The Lightning have a 2-1-1 record in their past four games at Scotiabank Place.

Tampa Bay has a 5-3-1 in their previous nine games against the Senators overall.

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