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Bolts Breakdown - February 24

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

This Week’s Schedule:

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
1:30 p.m. pre-game skate (Rexall Place, Edmonton)
9 p.m. game @ Edmonton Oilers

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Practice in Edmonton TBD

Thursday, February 26, 2009
Practice in Vancouver TBD

Friday, February 27, 2009
2:30 p.m. pre-game skate (General Motors Place)
10 p.m. game @ Vancouver Canucks

Saturday, February 28, 2009
Practice in Vancouver

Sunday, March 1, 2009

10:30 a.m. pre-game skate (Pengrowth Saddledome)
8 p.m. game @ Calgary Flames

Monday, March 2, 2009
Schedule TBD

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
10:30 a.m. pre-game skate (St. Pete Times Forum)
7:30 p.m. game vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

*All times EST and subject to change.

Lightning at a Glance:

Overall Record: 20-28-12
Div. Rank: 4th
Conf. Rank: 13th
Streak: Tampa Bay his 1-1-1 in their previous three games
Last 5: 1-3-1
Last 10: 3-5-2

Injury Update:

Jamie Heward - Out Indefinitely (Concussion)
Olaf Kolzig - IR (Upper Body)
Mike Smith - IR (Post Concussion Syndrome)
Andrej Meszaros – IR (Upper Body)
Paul Ranger – IR (Upper Body)
Lukas Krajicek - Day-to-Day (Lower Body)

Recent Transactions:

2/23 – Reassigned D Ty Wishart and RW Steve Downie to Norfolk (AHL)

2/17 – Recalled D Ty Wishart from Norfolk (AHL) on an emergency basis

2/13 – Reassigned C Paul Szczechura to Norfolk (AHL)

2/10 – Recalled D Josef Melichar from Norfolk (AHL) and assigned LW Wade Brookbank to Norfolk (AHL)

2/3 – Signed G Mike McKenna; Recalled G Karri Ramo from Norfolk (AHL) and reassigned G Riku Helenius


Tampa Bay has blocked a total of 60 shots in their previous three games, including 20 against New Jersey, 17 against Carolina and 23 against Boston.

Karri Ramo has posted a 1-1-1 record in his previous three starts, stopping 122 of 132 shots for a .924 save percentage.

Gary Roberts needs two goals to tie Lightning Head Coach Rick Tocchet for 59th on the NHL’s all-time goals list with 440.

Steven Stamkos is three goals and three points from matching Vincent Lecavalier’s offensive output during his rookie season … He already has three more power-play goals than Lecavalier did in 1998-99 (Stamkos 5, Lecavalier 2).

This Week’s Games:

2/24 @ the Edmonton Oilers (29-25-5)

This is the only meeting between the Lightning and Oilers this season.

Tampa Bay has won four consecutive games against Edmonton dating back to the 2002-03 season, including two in a row at Rexall Place.

The Lightning won the only meeting last season, 4-3, at the St. Pete Times Forum with Martin St. Louis recording a goal and three points.

Tampa Bay has outscored the Oilers 6-3 in the previous two games in Edmonton.
Ryan Malone has two goals in three career games against the Oilers.

2/27 @ the Vancouver Canucks (30-21-8)

This is the only meeting between Tampa Bay and Vancouver in 2008-09.
The Lightning have an 0-7-3 record all-time in Vancouver.

Tampa Bay won the only meeting last season, 4-3, at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Martin St. Louis has two goals and 11 career points in 10 career games against Vancouver.
Karri Ramo has one career start against the Canucks, posting a 1-0-0 record.

3/1 @ the Calgary Flames (35-18-6)

This is the only meeting between the Lightning and Flames this season.

Tampa Bay is 2-1-0 in the previous three games against Calgary, including 3-1-0 in the previous four at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

The Flames won the only meeting last season, 9-6, at the St. Pete Times Forum, with Jarome Iginla netting a hat trick and Dion Phaneuf recording five assists.

Martin St. Louis has six goals and nine points in six career games against Calgary while Vincent Lecavalier has three goals and 11 points in 11 games.

3/3 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins (29-26-6)

This is the third of four meetings between Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh this season, the first at the St. Pete Times Forum.

The Lightning have posted a 1-0-1 record against the Penguins in two games at Mellon Arena this season.

Tampa Bay has posted a 6-2-0 record in their previous eight games at home against Pittsburgh.

Former Penguins Mark Recchi and Ryan Malone have combined for a goal and four points in two games against Pittsburgh this season.

Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis each have a goal and two points in two games against the Pens in 2008-09.

The Lightning have killed nine of 10 times shorthanded against Pittsburgh this season.

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