The Tampa Bay Lightning returned to the Tampa Bay Times Forum ice on Sunday morning to hold their pregame morning skate in preparation for tonight’s game against the division-rival Carolina Hurricanes.
Here are some notes from the session leading up to tonight’s action:
LINEUPS, INJURIES AND ILLNESSES
Anders Lindback will get the start in net tonight for the Bolts.
Lindback is finally ready to return after missing 13 games due to a high ankle sprain that had him on Injured Reserve since March 21.
Prior to the injury, however, Lindback had been hot, allowing just two goals or less in each of his past six consecutive appearances in net for the Lightning.
“I feel good and I’m excited to be back,” Lindback said. “Ready to go.”
Tonight's start in goal with be Anders Lindback's first under head coach Jon Cooper.
Head coach Jon Cooper also stated that both Sami Salo (back) and Tom Pyatt (upper body) are expected to play tonight.
As of this morning, Cooper had not yet made a decision on who would be scratched for tonight’s game.
NOTES AND NUMBERS
-Tampa Baywill attempt to sweep the Hurricanes tonight in the season series finale. The Lightning have never swept the Hurricanes in a season series in their 20-year history, although the Bolts went undefeated against Carolina during the 2002-03 campaign (3-0-2)
-Benoit Pouliot has recorded two goals, one assist and a +7 rating in three games against the Hurricanes
-Martin St. Louis has notched a goal and four assists over his past three games against Carolina
-The Lightning have scored at least two goals in a game in 16 of their past 17 games
-The Bolts own a record of 9-4-3 against the Southeast Division this season
-Tampa Bay ranks seventh in the NHL with a team faceoff percentage of 51.2%
THEY SAID IT
Anders Lindback, on returning to action tonight:
“I’m excited and it feels good to be back. Of course when you haven’t played in a while you might be a little rusty, but anytime you’re facing this type of situation, you just have to go out and do your best at it.”
Anders Lindback, on what he’s looking forward to most about the game:
“Everything about the game. It’s frustrating being hurt. It was just a matter of trusting myself and knowing how I feel. It had been feeling better and I feel comfortable, so I’m ready to go.”
Jon Cooper, on having Anders Lindback play in a few games before the season ends:
“It’s good. I was worried that we weren’t going to be able to see him until next season, but the timetable we gave him was totally up to him. Even after the injury he was almost ready to go, then I guess in his head he had a little bit of a setback and came up to me a couple of days ago and said the old line, ‘come on, put me in coach.’