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About the Lightning - 03-04-13

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 (Rest of the United States), TSN2, RDS2.

Record: 9-11-9, 19 points. The Lightning is in 13 place in the Eastern Conference and third place in the Southeast Division

Leading Scorer: Steven Stamkos, 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists).

Last Game: 3-2 road loss against the Bruins, Saturday. Teddy Purcell (right) had two assists for the Lightning.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-3 road loss, Feb. 24. Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist for the Penguins

Lightning Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Stamkos. He has points in nine consecutive games.

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: Former Penguins left winger Chris Kontos holds the franchise record for most goals in a game. He scored four in Tampa Bay's first game as a franchise, a 7-3 home win against the Blackhawks, Oct. 7, 1992.

Best Lightning Video We Could Find: Alexander Selivanov scoring an overtime goal against the Flyers in Game 3 of a 1994 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (10-5-0, 2.40 GAA, .912 SV%) for the Penguins. Mathieu Garon (2-7-0, .2.86 GAA, .911 SV%) for the Lightning.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Paul Martin ("lower body") is out. For the Lightning, left winger Benoit Pouliot (undisclosed) is out. Defensemen Mattias Ohlund (knee), Matt Toarmina ("upper body") and left winger Ryan Malone ("lower body") is on injured reserve.

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

14 Chris Kunitz – 87 Sidney Crosby – 9 Pascal Dupuis
24 Matt Cooke – 71 Evgeni Malkin – 18 James Neal
15 Dustin Jeffrey - 16 Brandon Sutter – 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 Tanner Glass – 46 Joe Vitale – 27 Craig Adams

44 Brooks Orpik – 58 Kris Letang
2 Matt Niskanen – 4 Mark Eaton
47 Simon Despres – 5 Deryk Engelland

Lightning coach Guy Boucher was not clear about his lineup tonight as he declared defensemen Marc-Andre Bergeron, Brendan Mikkelson and left winger Pierre-Cedric Labrie as out while Malone and Pouliot are injured. Here is an guess at how he'll use the players expected to play:

89 Cory Conacher - 91 Steven Stamkos - 16 Teddy Purcell
17 Alex Killorn - 4 Vincent Lecavalier - 26 Martin St. Louis
74 Ondrej Palat - 44 Nate Thompson - 11 Tom Pyatt
18 Adam Hall - 19 BJ Crombeen

6 Sami Salo - 77 Victor Hedman
2 Eric Brewer - 25 Matt Carle
3 Keith Aulie - 15 Brian Lee

Notes:

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

-Malkin returns after missing four games due to a concussion.

-To make room for Malkin coming off injured reserve, left winger Zach Boychuk was placed on waivers.

-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.

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

(Photo: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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