It's another critical battle for the Bolts against the Montreal Canadiens, the team they're tied with for 12th in the East at 37 points. Lightning have more wins and a game in hand. Look for this tonight on Sun Sports at 7:00 PM:
| ||PLAY WITH SOME DESPERATION |
They had plenty of that in Ottawa, and seem to have it more often when undermanned. They need to bring it with a full lineup tonight. Ryan Malone is expected to play. If he does, new defenseman Brendan Mikkelson will be out. If Bugsy can't go, it'll be 7 D with Mikkelson. Pierre-Cedric Labrie will make his NHL debut in either scenario. And of course, Brett Connolly is back after his fine showing at the World Juniors.
| ||KEEP THE MONTREAL MOJO |
Bolts have won at least once at the Bell Centre in 11 of the last 12 seasons. Those two locals, nos. 4 and 26, seem to like to play here.
| ||POWER PLAY SUCCESS AROUND THE CORNER? |
We all know the power-play has been a disappointment, but the chances were there in Ottawa, with six shots, more than in recent games. Keep banging at the door.
Enjoy the game everyone!
A veteran of broadcasting professional hockey for the past 33 seasons, Rick Peckham is in his 16th season as the play-by-play announcer for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Sun Sports.