The Tampa Bay Lightning spent this morning engaging in their traditional morning skate, warming up the legs and fine-tuning some details in preparation of tonight’s contest against the Montreal Canadiens.
Here are some notes leading up to the game:
LINEUPS, INJURIES AND ILLNESSES
Ben Bishop will get the start in net again for the Lightning.
Bishop has appeared in seven of the Lightning’s eight games since joining the team, posting a 2-3-1 record with a .916 save percentage and a 3.13 goals-against average.
Bishop has also had success in his career against Montreal, posting a 2-0-1 record with a 1.74 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage.
Tom Pyatt returned to the ice this morning, but wearing a red jersey, and will not play tonight as he is still recovering from an upper body injury.
As far as the rest of the lineup goes, nothing changes from Tuesday night in Winnipeg.
NOTES AND NUMBERS
-The Lightning will be looking to snap their three-game losing skid in Montreal tonight against the Canadiens
-The Lightning have scored a power play goal in each game this season against the Canadiens, going 2-for-7 (28.6%)
-Sami Salo's two goals this season have both come against Montreal (one in each game)
-Vincent Lecavalier has recorded points in four of his past five games against Montreal (three goals, one assist)
-Tampa Bay ranks tied for eighth in the NHL with a team faceoff percentage of 51.1%
THEY SAID IT
Jon Cooper, on the team reversing its trend of getting behind early in games:
“Playing with the lead is much easier than playing without it. You look at everybody’s records and they’re a lot better when they get the lead, so our goal will be to jump on them early and keep them down.”