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About the Lightning - 01-05-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Lightning.

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

TV: FSN Pittsburgh, Sun Sports, NHL Network (Canada).

Record: 24-11-5, 53 points. The Lightning is in second place in the Eastern Conference and first place in the Southeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Steven Stamkos, 56 points (31 goals, 25 assists).

Last Game: 1-0 overtime road win against the Capitals, last night. Dwayne Roloson made 34 saves for the Lightning.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-1 road loss to the Penguins, Nov. 12. Sidney Crosby, Pascal Dupuis and Maxime Talbot each had a goal and an assist for the Penguins.

Lightning Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: St. Louis. He has four points in two games against the Penguins this season.

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

Ex-Lightning on the Penguins: None.

Useless Lightning Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Ryan Malone is one of three former Penguins who have worn No. 6 for the Lightning. The others are Jeff Norton and Josef Melichar.

Best Lightning Video We Could Find: Two one-time Penguins enforcers - Eric Godard, then of the Islanders, and Andre Roy, then of the Lightning - going at it during a 2002-03 game:

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Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (17-9-2, 2.31 GAA, .918 SV%) for the Penguins and Dwayne Roloson (7-13-1, 2.51 GAA, .920 SV%) for the Lightning.

Injuries: For the Penguins, forward Eric Godard (nose) is out. Forward Mike Comrie (hip) and defenseman Alex Grant (wrist) are on injured reserve. For the Lightning, defenseman Randy Jones ("upper-body") is day to day. Goaltender Mike Smith (knee) is on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins primary lines in practice yesterday were:

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Tyler Kennedy - Jordan Staal - Evgeni Malkin
Matt Cooke - Mark Letestu - Chris Conner
Mike Rupp - Maxime Talbot - Craig Adams/Arron Asham

-Their primary defensive pairings Saturday against the Capitals were:

Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland

-The Lightning's primary lines and defensive pairings against the Capitals last night were:

Ryan Malone - Steven Stamkos - Martin St. Louis
Simon Gagne - Vincent Lecavalier - Sean Bergenheim
Dana Tyrell - Nate Thompson - Adam Hall
Steve Downie - Dominic Moore - Teddy Purcell

Victor Hedman - Brett Clark
Mattias Ohlund - Mike Lundin
Matt Smaby - Pavel Kubina

Notes:

-Things have changed quite a bit since the last time Fleury played the Lightning.

-When Fleury last played the Lightning, he had a 1-6-0 record, a 3.54 goals against average, and .853 save percentage.

-Talbot has 49 career goals, 49 career assists and 98 career points.

-Martin has 149 career assists.

-Is Stamkos still on par with Crosby?

-So far so good for Roloson in Tampa Bay.

-Ohlund has 249 career assists.

-Stamkos has 197 career points.

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(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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