The Tampa Bay Lightning held their pregame skate this morning to prepare for tonight’s divisional game against the Winnipeg Jets.
Here are a few notes leading up tonight’s game:
LINEUPS, INJURIES AND ILNESSES
Ben Bishop was the first off the ice this morning , so it looks like he will get the start in goal tonight against the Jets, just one day after he signed a two-year contract extension.
Tom Pyatt was not on the ice this morning and will not play. Pyatt sustained an upper body injury during the first period of Sunday’s game at Buffalo and did not return.
Returning to the lineup, however, will be both Nate Thompson and Pierre-Cedric Labrie.
NOTES AND NUMBERS
-Each of Winnipeg's two victories this season against Tampa Bay have been one-goal wins.
-Seven of the past nine meetings between the Jets and Lightning have been decided by one goal dating back to last season
-The Lightning trail the Jets by seven points in the Southeast Division standings
-Steven Stamkos is currently on a six-game goal scoring streak against Winnipeg dating back to last season
Lightning forward Steven Stamkos spoke with media this afternoon from Winnipeg's MTS Centre
-Stamkos is also on a 12-game point streak against the Jets/Thrashers franchise, recording 11 goals and six assists during that stretch
-Prior to Sunday's 3-1 loss in Buffalo, the Lightning had scored at least two goals in each of their past 14 games, a streak dating back to March 16
-Martin St. Louis is averaging 1.24 points per game this season, becoming one of only three players in NHL history to match that mark at the age of 37 or older, joining Mario Lemieux in 2002-03 and Gordie Howe in 1968-69
THEY SAID IT
Jon Cooper, on the extension of goaltender Ben Bishop:
“If we’re going to start building this team, it needs to be from the back and up the middle and it starts with goaltending. Now we have some guys back there, we have a couple options, and you can’t have enough of that. So, to see Bish back there is very positive.”
Jon Cooper, on the absence of Tom Pyatt:
“He’s a little banged up in the upper body, and I talked to Tom Mulligan the trainer, and all he said was he’s out for the night. That was pretty much the extent of my question.”
Jon Cooper, on playing the Jets at the MTS Centre:
“I know that when they play in their own building, there is a lot of energy that comes through this place. They’ve got 15,000 strong behind them so it’s loud and it’s entertaining. It’s a tough one, but we don’t want to be that team that they say “oh, Tampa is coming in, that’s two points for us.’