Following a four-game road trip through the Northeast, that in actuality only comprised three games due to one of the contests being postponed because of severe weather, the Tampa Bay Lightning returned to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Tuesday morning to hold a morning skate in preparation for tonight’s 7:30 p.m. tilt against the Montreal Canadiens.
LINEUPS AND INJURIES
Anders Lindback will get the start in net tonight against Montreal.
Lindback last appeared on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers, as he made 11 saves on 13 shots in relief of Mathieu Garon.
On the season, Lindback has a 5-3-0 record with a .902 save percentage and 2.96 goals-against average.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Brendan Mikkelson were the last three skaters off the ice Tuesday, so it appears that they will be scratched.
During his morning press conference, head coach Guy Boucher indicated one of his top six forwards would be a game-time decision, but did not say who.
On the injury front, Ryan Malone, who was placed on Injured Reserve Monday, is expected to be out three to four weeks, according to Boucher. Malone suffered a lower body injury prior to Sunday’s puck drop against the Rangers.
MAKING THE ADJUSTMENT
Alex Killorn said Tuesday morning that he is “excited” about playing for the first time in front of the home fans.
Killorn recorded an assist on Sunday at the Rangers in just his first career NHL game after being called up from Syracuse of the American Hockey League.
“A lot of emotions,” Killorn said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the atmosphere. My first NHL game was a surreal experience, and this is the first one at home, so you just have to keep things simple and not do too much. I’m going to take it day-by-day.”
PANIK AT THE DISCO
Richard Panik experienced his first morning skate Tuesday morning, as he was called up from Syracuse of the AHL on Monday to fill in for the injured Ryan Malone.
Panik has played in 43 games with the Crunch this season, recording 21 goals and 35 points. He was fourth in the league for goals and led all Syracuse forwards for plus-minus rating with a plus-19. Panik was also tied for third on the Crunch for power play goals with six at the time of his recall.
He said both his parents and girlfriend were flying to Tampa today from Slovakia, a 17-hour trip, to witness his NHL debut.
NOTES AND NUMBERS
- The Bolts are unbeaten when leading after both the first and second periods this season
- Tampa Bay enters tonight's contest with the seventh-best record in the NHL when scoring the game's first goal with an .833 winning percentage
- Despite only scoring six goals over the past four games, the Lightning rank first in the NHL with 43 goals this season
- The Lightning are averaging 5.3 goals per game at home, while Montreal is averaging 3.0 on the road
- Vincent Lecavalier has recorded a goal in each of his past three games against Montreal dating back to last season
- The Bolts' +11 goal differential ranks first in the Eastern Conference and second in the NHL
- Tampa Bay's home power play leads the league with a success rate of 44.4
- The Lightning rank first in the NHL this season in team shooting percentage with a mark of 14.63 percent