The Tampa Bay Lightning held their morning skate this morning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum to prepare for tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The teams have split the first two meetings this season, winning one each, with tonight’s game important for both teams in terms of positioning in the Eastern Conference standings, as the Lightning enter just two points behind the Flyers.
LINEUPS, INJURIES AND ILLNESSES
Anders Lindback will get the start in net for the Lightning.
Lindback has been pretty sharp as of late, allowing two or fewer goals in five consecutive games despite posting a 2-3-0 record in that span.
The rest of the lineup will remain unchanged with Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Brian Lee and Marc-Andre Bergeron sitting out.
NOTES AND NUMBERS
-The Lightning's power play has gone 2-for-9 (22.2%) against the Flyers this season, while their penalty kill unit is a perfect 8-for-8 against Philadelphia's power play
Steven Stamkos enters tonight's match-up leading all NHL skaters with 20 goals this season and ranking third with 39 points on the season.
-The Bolts' +8 goal differential ranks first in the Southeast Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference
-Steven Stamkos is only one goal shy of 200 in his NHL career and would become the fourth youngest player in NHL history to reach that plateau at 23 years old, 41 days
-The Lightning have gotten strong production from their rookies this season, led by Cory Conacher who leads all NHL rookies with 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists)
-B.J. Crombeen ranks tied for first in the league with nine major penalties, while Pierre-Cedric Labrie ranks tied for third amongst all rookie skaters with four majors
THEY SAID IT
Guy Boucher, on the line of Dana Tyrell, Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat:
“They're relentless. They don't care. They get hit, they get up, they get back out there. I thought Tyrell was our best player on Saturday night.”
Guy Boucher, on Teddy Purcell, who snapped a 14-game goalless streak on Saturday against Carolina:
“Teddy is probably the most skilled player on our team. In terms of pure skill, Purcell is unbelievable. He relies too much on his skill, and I want him to force himself and rely on battling more. When he does that he looks terrific out there. When he doesn't we're missing a big part of our game we need to get.”