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About the Lightning - 11-12-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Lightning.

When and where: 7 p.m., Consol Energy Center.

TV: FSN Pittsburgh, Sun Sports, RIS.

Record: 8-5-2, 18 points. The Lightning is in fourth place in the Eastern Conference and second place in the Southeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Steven Stamkos, 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists).

Last Game: 6-3 road loss to the Capitals, last night. Stamkos had a goal and an assist for the Lightning.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-3 home win, Oct. 27. Craig Adams had a goal and two assists for the Penguins.

Lightning Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: How do you go against Martin St. Louis (above) after what he did to the Penguins Oct. 27? He had two goals and an assist. Also, he has 38 points in 38 career games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Lightning: Adam Hall, RW; Greg Malone, head professional scout; Ryan Malone, LW; Dominic Moore, C.

Ex-Lightning on the Penguins: None.

Useless Lightning Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: The only Lightning player to win the Masterton Trophy was former Penguins forward John Cullen in 1999.

Best Lightning Video We Could Find: Alexander Selivanov's overtime goal in a 5-4 home win against the Flyers in Game 3 of a 1996 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series:

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(Note: That game was held in front of 25,183 fans at the Thunderdome, now known as Tropicana Field.)

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (1-6-0, 3.54 GAA, .853 SV%) for the Penguins. Mike Smith (4-2-0, 3.43 GAA, .881 SV%) for the Lightning.

Injuries: For the Penguins, Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) is probable. Forward Jordan Staal (hand) and defenseman Alex Grant (wrist) are on injured reserve. For the Lightning, forward Steve Downie (upper-body) is day to day. Forward Vincent Lecavalier (hand) is out. Forward Simon Gagne (neck) is on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings:

-The Penguins' primary lines in practice yesterday were (PG+)

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Mike Comrie - Arron Asham
Mike Rupp - Mark Letestu - Tyler Kennedy
Maxime Talbot - Craig Adams - Eric Godard/Chris Conner

-Evgeni Malkin did not practice yesterday for maintenance reasons.

-Their primary defensive pairings against the Bruins Thursday were:

Zbynek Michalek - Paul Martin
Kris Letang - Brooks Orpik
Alex Goligoski - Ben Lovejoy

-To suggest the Lightning had any sort of concrete lines or defensive pairings last night against the Capitals would be inaccurate. It mixed and matched its 11 forwards and seven defensemen quite a bit in Washington.

Notes:

-"He's one of the best coaches around. Everyone believes in him." - Tyler Kennedy on Dan Bylsma.

-"We'll see him on the ice Friday." - Bylsma on Malkin.

-Marc-Andre Fleury has 149 career regular season wins.

-Asham has 99 career regular season assists.

-Lecavalier will be sidelined three to four weeks after fracturing his hand last night.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)

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