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Bolts Breakdown, November 24, 2008

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

This Week’s Schedule:

Tuesday, November 25 – 11 a.m. practice at St. Pete Times Forum
Wednesday, November 26
– 10:30 a.m. pre-game skate (Times Forum); 7:30 vs. New York Rangers
Thursday, November 27 – 10:30 a.m. practice at St. Pete Times Forum
Friday, November 28
- 2 p.m. (EST) at Minnesota Wild
Saturday, November 29
– 1:30 p.m. (EST) pre-game skate (Pepsi Center); 9 p.m. at Colorado Avalanche
Monday, December 1 – 11 a.m. practice at Wachovia Center

Lightning at a Glance:

Overall Record: 6-8-6
Div. Rank: 3rd
Conf. Rank: t-11th
Streak: Tampa Bay has earned a point in three of the past four games
Last 5: 1-2-2
Last 10: 2-5-3

Injury Update:

Chris Gratton (Lower body, IR)
Gary Roberts (Upper body, IR)
Lukas Krajicek (Lower body, Day-to-Day)
Mike Smith (Lower body, Day-to-Day)
Jeff Halpern (Non-roster)


After recording one assist in his first nine games, Radim Vrbata has two goals and two assists in the previous five.

Tampa Bay has allowed less than 30 shots once this season, October 18 vs. Minnesota.

This Week’s Games:

11/26 vs. the New York Rangers (14-7-2)

This is the fourth and final meeting between the teams that opened the season in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Lightning have an 0-3-0 record in three games against the Rangers this season.
Martin St. Louis leads all Tampa Bay skaters with two goals and three points in three games.

The Tampa Bay power play has gone 1-for-12 (8.3%) in three games this season.

Chris Drury has three goals in three games for the Rangers in the season series.

11/28 at the Minnesota Wild (11-6-1)

This will mark the second and final meeting between the Lightning and Wild this season.
The teams skated to a 0-0 tied after overtime on October 18, with the Wild winning in a shootout.

Mike Smith posted his first shutout of the season with 21 saves in the only other meeting this season.

The Lightning have posted a 1-3-0 record all-time in St. Paul.

11/29 at the Colorado Avalanche (9-10-0)

This is the first of two meetings between the Lightning and Avalanche this season, with the next being December 18 in Tampa Bay.

The teams met once last season with Colorado posting a 3-0 win at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Lightning forward Radim Vrbata has seven career goals and 13 points in 12 games versus Colorado, the team that drafted him in 1999.

Goaltender Mike Smith has never lost to Colorado, posting a 3-0-0 record with a 2.10 goals-against average.

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