Lightning Hope to Shake Blues Tonight
Friday, 03.06.2009 / 7:30 PMSt. Louis Visits Tampa For Only Meeting This Season
The Tampa Bay Lightning ramp up for the second game of a three-game homestand when the St. Louis Blues make a rare visit to the St. Pete Times Forum tonight.
This will be the only meeting between these two clubs this season, but in the past, Tampa Bay has enjoyed some success against the Blues at home. The Lightning have posted a 3-0-1 record in their previous four home games against St. Louis, including two wins in a row.
The two teams met once last season, with the Lightning coming away with the win, 5-4, at the Savvis Center in St. Louis. In that game, Martin St. Louis
had a goal and three assists.
St. Louis continues to lead the Lightning in points with 62, while Vincent Lecavalier
is pacing the team in goals scored with 27.
The Blues, 28-27-8, are battling for a playoff spot in the competitive Western Conference. They currently have 64 points, just four points out of the final playoff spot. St. Louis dropped their last game to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday but previous to that, they had put together a nice 4-0-1 run, as they push for the post-season.
Centerman Brad Boyes leads the Blues in both points, with 51, and goals scored, with 25. Winger David Perron has the most assists for the team, with 29.
The Blues have built their season on a tight defense, which currently sits number in ninth place in the NHL on the penalty kill with an 82.6 % success rate when skating a man short.
Anchoring the defense has been the outstanding play of netminder Chris Mason. Mason’s .919 save percentage is eighth best among all NHL goaltenders. He has gone 11-4-4 over his last 19 games, and posted a 1.64 goals against average for the month of February.
Tampa Bay will conclude their homestand on Saturday night by hosting the Carolina Panthers before heading out on the road for games against Ottawa, Toronto and Florida.