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About the Lightning - 02-24-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Lightning.

When and where: 7:30 p.m. EST. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), NBC Sports Network (rest of the United States), TSN2.

Record: 9-7-1, 19 points. The Lightning is in third place in the Eastern Conference and first place in the Southeast Division

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

Last Game: 5-2 road win against the Hurricanes, last night. Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist for the Lightning.

Last Game against the Penguins: 8-1 road loss, Feb. 25. Evgeni Malkin had a hat trick and an assist for the Penguins

Lightning Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Stamkos. He's good.

Ex-Penguins on the Lightning: Mathieu Garon, G; Adam Hall, RW; Greg Malone, head professional scout; Ryan Malone, LW; Jamie Pushor, professional scout.

Ex-Lightning on the Penguins: None.

Useless Lightning Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Stamkos (2009-10 and 2011-12) is one of three former top overall picks in a draft to lead the league in goal scoring multiple times. The others are the Penguins' Mario Lemieux (1987-88, 1988-89 and 1995-96) and the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin (2007-08 and 2008-09).

Best Lightning Video We Could Find: Former Lightning left winger getting thrown, literally, into the penalty box by referee McGeough during a game against the Penguins in 1997-98:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (9-3-0, 2.22 GAA, .917 SV%) for the Penguins. Anders Lindback (7-4-1, 3.12 GAA, .895 SV%) for the Lightning.

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) is out. For the Lightning, Defensemen Mattias Ohlund (knee), Matt Toarmina ("upper body") and left winger Ryan Malone ("lower body") are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins primary lines and defensive pairing at today's morning skate:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 18 James Neal
19 Beau Bennett - 16 Brandon Sutter - 9 Pascal Dupuis
24 Matt Cooke - 15 Dustin Jeffrey - 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

2 Matt Niskanen - 58 Kris Letang
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
47 Simon Despres - 5 Deryk Engelland

The Lightning did not hold a morning skate today. It's primary lines and defensive pairings against the Hurricanes last night were:

89 Cory Conacher - 91 Steven Stamkos - 16 Teddy Purcell
67 Benoit Pouliot - 4 Vincent Lecavalier - 26 Martin St. Louis
17 Alexander Killorn - 44 Nate Thompson - 11 Tom Pyatt
71 Richard Panik - 18 Adam Hall - 19 B.J. Crombeen

77 Victor Hedman - 6 Sami Salo
25 Matthew Carle - 2 Eric Brewer
47 Marc-Andre Bergeron - 15 Brian Lee

Notes:

-The last time the Penguins played the Lightning, this happened:

-Crosby has 634 career points and is three short of surpassing right winger Rick Kehoe (636) for third most in franchise history.

-Fleury has 22 career shutouts. He needs one more to surpass goaltender Tom Barrasso for most in franchise history.

-Goaltender Tomas Vokoun had 49 career shutouts.

-Cooke has 199 career assists.

-The Penguins' power play has scored in 10 consecutive games.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6:30 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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