Lightning Seek to Extinguish Flames
Sunday, 03.01.2009 / 6:00 PMRoad Trip Ends Tonight in Calgary
The Tampa Bay Lightning conclude their western Canada road trip when they stop in at Calgary to meet the Flames tonight at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
This is the only meeting between these two clubs this season. Last season Calgary visited Tampa and defeated the Lightning, 9-6. Tampa Bay has had more success when they play in Calgary, going 3-1-0 over their last four games in the Saddledome.
Tampa Bay, 20-30-12, is seeking their first win on the current road trip, dropping a close contest to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday, 2-1.
In that game, former first round draft choice Steven Stamkos
collected his 12th goal of the season. Stamkos has now scored five goals in his last six games.
Martin St. Louis
is still pacing the Lightning with 59 points on the season. St. Louis has had success against Calgary in the past, registering six goals and nine assists in six career games against the Flames.
is leading Tampa Bay in goals with 25. The Lightning captain has also been productive against the Flames, scoring 3 goals and 11 points in 11 games.
Calgary, 37-18-6, is currently sitting atop the competitive Northwest Division with 80 points on the season. They are 8-1-1 against Eastern Division clubs and enter the game boasting a four-game win streak and a 7-0-2 record over their last nine games.
Forward Jarome Iginla leads the Flames in points with 67, ninth best in the NHL, and Mike Cammalleri leads the team in goals; his 32 on the season has him in seventh place among all NHL goal scores. Calgary’s offensive output features nine players with 10 or more goals.
Defensively, Calgary is third in the league in killing penalties, succeeding at a 86.5 % clip. Flame netminder Miikka Kiprusoff leads the league in wins with 37 and is carrying a 2.70 goals against average.
After tonight’s game, the Lightning return to Tampa Bay for a three-game homestand, starting Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.