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About the Lightning - 12-23-08

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Record: 7-16-9

Leading Scorers: Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis, 27 points each (12 goals, 15 assists).

Last Game: 4-3 loss at Atlanta Saturday. St. Louis had two goals.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-2 loss at Pittsburgh, March 20. Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist.

Lightning Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Mark Recchi. He has 70 points (21 goals, 49 assists) in 67 career games against his former team. As a secondary pick, we'll go with Gary Roberts. Despite being on injured reserve, we're still pretty confident in his ability to score a goal.

Ex-Penguins on the Lightning: (deep breath) Len Barrie, Owner; Adam Hall, RW; Jamie Heward, D; David Koci, LW; Greg Malone, Head Professional Scout; Ryan Malone (right), LW; Mark Recchi, RW; Gary Roberts, LW; Rick Tocchet, Head Coach. (Heward and Koci are actually former Penguins prospects and never played with the NHL team. We just wanted to make this list as long as possible.)

Ex-Lightning on the Penguins: Ruslan Fedotenko, LW.

Useless Lightning Trivia: Ruslan Fedotenko scored both of the Lightning's goals in its Stanley Cup-clinching 2-1 win in Game 7 against the Flames in 2004.

Best Lightning YouTube Video We Could Find: To this day, one of the coolest things we've ever seen on a hockey rink was a fight between Calgary's Jarome Iginla and Lecavalier during the 2004 Stanley Cup final:

Four years later that clip still amazes us. Two of the most valuable players on the ice going toe to toe on the sports' biggest stage? Insane.

Notes:

-Don't boo any former Penguin wearing a white jersey tonight. You're better than that. Malone played some of the best power foward we've seen in Pittsburgh since Kevin Stevens' first stint as a Penguin and was an important part of a very exciting spring. He grew up, got good, became expensive and left. He doesn't deserve to be booed because the Lightning's foolish owners overpriced him.

-Don't boo Recchi either. He was a key part of one of the Penguin's Cup titles. He's the only active player remaining in the NHL who played on either of the Penguins' Cup-winning teams. At the very least, Malone and Recchi deserve a polite applause.

-We can even wrap our mind around how many "FIRST LASTNAME used to be a Penguin" comments there will be tonight. Thankfully, we'll be at the game in person tonight and won't be able to keep a running tab on FSN Pittsburgh's broadcast. In any case, Ryan Malone used to be a Penguin.

-In addition to Roberts, Koci is on injured reserve due to an "upper-body" injury. So don't expect Eric Godard to give him some more payback for injuring Sergei Gonchar in the preseason.

-Marc-Andre Fleury and Mike Smith are expected to start in net.

-Ryan Whitney is expected to make his season debut tonight.

-Lecavalier (right) admitted his surgically repaired shoulder still "doesn't feel right."

-Speaking of Lecavalier's shoulder, it was initally injured last season on a hit by then Capitals forward Matt Cooke. It might be interesting to see those two cross paths tonight.

(Photo: Malone-Chris O'Meara/Getty Images; Lecavalier-Elsa Getty Images)

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