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Bolts Breakdown - March 17th

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

This Week’s Schedule:


Tuesday, March 17, 2009
10:30 a.m. pre-game skate (St. Pete Times Forum)
7:30 p.m. game vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Noon practice (St. Pete Times Forum)

Thursday, March 19, 2009
10:30 a.m. pre-game skate (St. Pete Times Forum)

7:30 p.m. game vs. Washington Capitals
Friday, March 20, 2009 – Noon practice (St. Pete Times Forum)

Saturday, March 21, 2009
10:30 a.m. pre-game skate (St. Pete Times Forum)

7:30 p.m. game vs. Atlanta Thrashers
Sunday, March 22, 2009 – Noon practice (Brandon Ice Sports Forum)

Monday, March 23, 2009
11 a.m. practice (St. Pete Times Forum)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

10:30 a.m. pre-game skate (St. Pete Times Forum)
7:30 p.m. game vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

*All times EST and subject to change.


Lightning at a Glance:

Overall Record: 23-32-14
Div. Rank: 5th
Conf. Rank: 14th
Streak: Tampa Bay has won two consecutive games and earned a point four of their last five.
Last 5: 2-1-2
Last 10: 4-4-2


Injury Update:

Mike Smith - IR (Post Concussion Syndrome)

Andrej Meszaros – IR (Upper Body)

Paul Ranger – IR (Upper Body)

Marek Malik – Day-to-Day (Lower Body)



Recent Transactions:


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

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

3/10 – Recalled D Richard Petiot from Norfolk (AHL) on an emergency basis

3/7 – Reassigned RW Brandon Segal to Norfolk (AHL)

3/6 – Recalled RW Brandon Segal from Norfolk (AHL)



Notables:

Matt Lashoff will become the 20th defenseman to suit up for the Lightning this season tonight versus Toronto.

Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis each have six consecutive seasons with 25 or more goals, tied for the fourth-longest active streaks in the NHL (Iginla 10, Hossa 9, Kovalchuk 7).

Steven Stamkos’ 20 points (10g-10a) since January 12 are the second most in the NHL in that time, behind only St. Louis’ T.J. Oshie who has 21 (6g-15a).

In the previous seven games the Lightning power play has converted on eight of 26 chances for a 30.8 percentage … They have also converted four of their previous 13 opportunities during the previous three games for a 30.8 percentage.


This Week’s Games:

3/17 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (28-29-13)

This is the fourth and final meeting between the Lightning and Maple Leafs this season as they wrap up the season series.

Tampa Bay owns a 3-0-0 record against Toronto this season and have posted a 5-1-1 record in their previous seven meetings.

The Lightning have outscored the Leafs 6-3 in the first period this season, and 4-1 in the third.
Vincent Lecavalier has three goals and five points in three games against Toronto this season while Martin St. Louis has two goals and five points.

Ryan Malone has three goals in three games against Toronto this season.
The Lightning power-play has converted on five of 13 chances against the Maple Leafs this season (5-13, 38.5%).


3/19 vs. Washington Capitals (43-22-6)

This is the fourth of six meetings between the Lightning and the Capitals this season, with Washington taking the first three meetings.

Martin St. Louis has four assists in three games against the Capitals this season while Vincent Lecavalier has two goals and an assist.

The Lightning have outscored Washington 5-2 in the second period this season.
The Tampa Bay penalty killing unit has killed nine of 10 times shorthanded against the Capitals this season.

Alexander Ovechkin has three goals and six points in three games against the Lightning in 2008-09.


3/21 vs. Atlanta Thrashers (29-35-6)

This is the fifth of six meetings between the Lightning and Thrashers this season, the final meeting of the year at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Tampa Bay has a 2-2-0 record against Atlanta this season, including 1-1-0 at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Martin St. Louis has four goals and six points in four games against the Thrashers this season.

The Lightning have converted on five of 20 power-play chances (25.0%) while killing 11 of 12 times shorthanded (91.7%) against Atlanta in 2008-09.

Atlanta goaltender Kari Lehtonen has posted a 2-1-1 record with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage against the Lightning this season.


3/24 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (36-28-6)

This is the first and only meeting between the teams this season.

The Lightning have posted a 3-1-0 record in four meetings against the Blue Jackets at the St. Pete Times Forum in franchise history.

Martin St. Louis has five goals and eight points in eight career games against Columbus, while Ryan Malone has a goal and three points in three career games.

Goaltenders Karri Ramo and Mike McKenna have never played against the Blue Jackets.
Tampa Bay’s last win against Columbus came January 13, 2006, a 4-2 victory at the St. Pete Times Forum.








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