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About the Lightning - 04-11-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Lightning.

When and where: 7:30 p.m. EDT. Tampa Times Forum.

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

Record: 17-20-2, 36 points. The Lightning is in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and third place in the Southeast Division

Leading Scorer: Steven Stamkos, 50 points (26 goals, 24 assists).

Last Game: 3-2 home win against the Senators, Tuesday. Vincent Lecavalier (right, with Martin St. Louis) had a goal and an assist for the Lightning.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-3 road loss, March 4. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and an assist for the Penguins

Lightning Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Lecavalier. He has a three-game scoring streak.

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

Ex-Lightning on the Penguins: Jussi Jokinen, LW.

Useless Lightning Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Malone (fourth round) is one of two picks from the Penguins' 1999 draft still active in the NHL. The other New Jersey's Tom Kostopoulos (seventh round).

Best Lightning Video We Could Find: Lecavalier and current Penguins right winger Jarome Iginla, then of the Calgary Flames, duking it out in Game 3 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Final:

Probable goaltenders: Tomas Vokoun (10-4-0, 2.54 GAA, .915 SV%) for the Penguins. Ben Bishop (10-7-0, 2.35 GAA, .928 SV%) for the Lightning.

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Sidney Crosby (mouth) and left winger James Neal (concussion) are out. Defenseman Paul Martin (hand) is on injured reserve. For the Lightning, defenseman Victor Hedman ("lower body") is out. Goaltender Anders Lindback (ankle) and defenseman Mattias Ohlund (knees) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins held an optional morning skate today. Based on their primary lines and defensive pairings Tuesday against the Hurricanes, consider this a guess:

14 Chris Kunitz - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 9 Pascal Dupuis
10 Brenden Morrow - 36 Jussi Jokinen - 12 Jarome Iginla
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy
15 Tanner Glass - 27 Craig Adams - 19 Beau Bennett

58 Kris Letang - 4 Mark Eaton
3 Douglas Murray - 2 Matt Niskanen
44 Brooks Orpik - 5 Deryk Engelland

-The Lightning primary land and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

17 Alex Killorn - 4 Vincent Lecavalier - 16 Teddy Purcell
12 Ryan Malone - 91 Steven Stamkos - 26 Martin St Louis
71 Richard Panik - 63 Tyler Johnson - 14 Brett Connolly
19 B.J. Crombeen - 44 Nate Thompson - 76 Pierre-Cedric Labrie

25 Matt Carle - 6 Sami Salo
3 Keith Aulie - 2 Eric Brewer
8 Mark Barberio - 75 Radko Gudas

 

Notes:

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

-This too:

-Letang was removed from injured reserve after missing six games due to a toe injury.

-Malkin is one point from surprassing Kevin Stevens for seventh most points in franchise history. Both players currently have 555 career points.

-Iginla has 1,097 career points.

-Kunitz has 397 career points.

-Our live blog, direct from our couch, beings at approximately 7:15p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Chris O'Meara/Associated Press)

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