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Bolts Breakdown - March 31st

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

This Week’s Schedule:


Tuesday, March 31, 2009
11:30 a.m. pre-game skate (TD BankNorth Garden)
7 p.m. game @ Boson Bruins

Wednesday, April 1, 2009
10:30 a.m. practice at Boston University

Thursday, April 2, 2009
1 p.m. practice at Amerihealth Pavilion at Prudential Center

Friday, April 3, 2009
11:30 a.m. pre-game skate (Prudential Center)
7 p.m. game @ New Jersey Devils

Saturday, April 4, 2009
11:30 a.m. pre-game skate (Nassau Coliseum)
7 p.m. game @ New York Islanders

Sunday, April 5, 2009
Noon practice at St. Pete Times Forum

Monday, April 6, 2009
11 a.m. practice at St. Pete Times Forum

Tuesday, April 7, 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: 24-35-17
Div. Rank: 5th
Conf. Rank: 14th
Streak: The Lightning have earned at least a point in five of the previous six road games, posting a 3-1-2 record.
Last 5: 1-2-2
Last 10: 3-3-4


Injury Update:

Mike Smith - IR (Post Concussion Syndrome)

Andrej Meszaros – IR (Upper Body)

Paul Ranger – IR (Upper Body)

Cory Murphy – Out Indefinitely (Lower Body)

Marek Malik – Day-to-Day (Lower Body)

Paul Szczechura – Day-to-Day (Lower Body)

Matt Smaby – Day-to-Day (Lower Body)


Recent Transactions:

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)

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



Notables:

The Lightning’s 4-4-5 record in the month of March with one game to go is tied for their best record, winning percentage-wise, in a month this season (January 7-7-0, October 3-3-3).

Tampa Bay has gone into overtime or a shootout in three of their previous six road games.

The Lightning have had 22 power-play chances against in the previous three games, including tying their season high with nine March 29 versus Ottawa.

Deadline acquisition Matt Lashoff has been a welcome addition to the Tampa Bay blue line, recording five assists and averaging 24:01 in ice time in seven games.

Steven Stamkos’ 19 goals are tied for fifth in the NHL among rookies and is two shy of the franchise record for rookie goals in a season, set by Brad Richards in 2000-01 (21 goals).


This Week’s Games:

3/31 @ the Boston Bruins (48-17-10)

This is the fourth and final meeting between Tampa Bay and Boston this season.
The Lightning have a 1-1-0 record against the Bruins at home in 2008-09.

Vincent Lecavalier has four goals and seven points in his previous seven games against Boston.

Karri Ramo has appeared in one games against Boston this season, posting a 1-0-0 record and a .930 save percentage.

Boston’s Phil Kessel has four goals and five points in three games against the Lightning this season.

4/3 @ the New Jersey Devils (47-25-4)

This is the fourth and final meeting between the Lightning and Devils this season, with Tampa Bay posting an 0-1-2 record.

Karri Ramo has played in two games against New Jersey this season, posting a .930 save-percentage.

Vincent Lecavalier has four goals and nine points in his previous seven games against the Devils.

Ryan Malone has three goals in three games against New Jersey in 2008-09.
Dainius Zubrus has been a thorn in the Lightning’s side with four goals and seven points in three games against Tampa Bay this year.

4/4 @ the New York Islanders (25-41-9)

This is the fourth and final meeting between the Lightning and Islanders this season, with Tampa Bay posting a 1-1-1 record.

The Lightning have scored all their goals against New York this season in the third period, outscoring them 5-1.

Goaltender Mike McKenna has gone 88 minutes against the Islanders without allowing a goal.
Vincent Lecavalier has five goals and six points in his previous seven games against New York.

Tampa Bay has killed 17 of 19 times shorthanded against the Islanders this season (89.5%).

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 this season.

Vincent Lecavalier has a goal and three points in three games against Pittsburgh 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.








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