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Tampa Bay forward Maroon to receive Stanley Cup ring; St. Louis 0-1-2 past three games

by Louie Korac / Independent Correspondent

LIGHTNING (9-6-2) at BLUES (12-4-5)


The Game

Pat Maroon returns to Enterprise Center for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup last season when the Tampa Bay Lightning play the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

Maroon, who is from St. Louis, helped the Blues win their first Stanley Cup championship in 51 seasons. He signed a one-year contract with the Lightning on Aug. 24 and will receive his ring from Blues general manager Doug Armstrong on the ice before the game.

The Lightning have won four of six games (4-2-0) after starting 5-4-2.

The Blues will look to end a three-game winless streak (0-1-2) after winning seven in a row.

Players to watch

Lightning center Steven Stamkos has eight points (two goals, six assists) in a five-game point streak. He has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 14 games against St. Louis.

Blues defenseman Justin Faulk, who scored 11 goals and had 35 points last season with the Carolina Hurricanes, has six assists in 21 games with his new team this season.


They said it

"Doug called me a couple days ago and told me what he was going to do, so I'm really looking forward to tonight. It's going to be cool. I know some of the guys got emotional when they saw it and opened it for the first time. I know I'm looking forward to it." -- Lightning forward Pat Maroon  

"We're doing a good job of getting lots of chances, but I think that we have to execute better in a lot of our Grade A chances." -- Blues coach Craig Berube on lack of goal scoring recently


Lightning projected lineup

Tyler Johnson -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat -- Steven Stamkos -- Carter Verhaeghe

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Mathieu Joseph

Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Yanni Gourde

Victor Hedman -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev -- Luke Schenn

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Braydon Coburn, Jan Rutta, Cory Conacher

Injured: None

Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Tyler Bozak

Sammy Blais -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Zach Sanford -- Robert Thomas -- Oskar Sundqvist

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Ivan Barbashev -- Klim Kostin

Colton Parayko -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Justin Faulk

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Carl Gunnarsson, Jacob de la Rose

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Alexander Steen (ankle)


Status report

Stamkos missed the morning skate with a maintenance day, and the Lightning recalled Conacher from Syracuse of the American Hockey League as a precaution, according to coach Jon Cooper. ... Bozak will move to the wing on the first line, Blais will return to the second line, Thomas will shift to center for the first time this season and Sundqvist will move up to the third line.


Stat pack

Hedman has seven points (two goals, five assists) in a four-game point streak. ... Killorn has six points (three goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak. ... Kucherov has seven points (two goals, five assists) in a four-game point streak. ... Shattenkirk has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past six games. ... O'Reilly has no goals in 10 home games.

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