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Lightning return home to face Canucks

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

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Game Notes

  • Lightning (17-20-3, 37 Points) vs. Canucks (26-14-3, 55 Points)
  • Last 10: Tampa Bay (5-4-1); Vancouver (6-3-1)
  • The Bolts and Canucks last faced each other on Dec. 11, 2010, when Tampa Bay earned a 5-4 overtime win against Vancouver at Rogers Arena
  • The Canucks enter Tuesday night's matchup having suffered their first loss at Florida since Oct. 20, 1999 on Monday night
  • Henrik and Daniel Sedin each have a goal and 3 assists in his last five games for the Canucks
  • Lightning center Steven Stamkos has 6 goals in his last five contests
  • Stamkos, who leads the League with 28 goals, is the only NHL player to have scored at least 40 goals in each of the past three calendar years
  • Vincent Lecavalier scored his first NHL goal in a 3-2 Lightning win over Vancouver on 10/25/98. The Canucks’ two goals that night were scored by current Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund
  • Martin St. Louis got his first career point with Tampa Bay with an assist against Vancouver (in Tampa Bay) on Oct. 8, 2000
  • Dwayne Roloson has more career wins (16) and shutouts (5) against the Canucks than any other NHL opponent
  • Steve Downie has four goals and seven assists over the last four home games

SEASON SERIES:

The Lightning and Canucks play in the first and only meeting of the year. Last season, Tampa Bay used Steven Stamkos’ game-winning goal just 34 seconds into overtime to earn a 5-4 win and claim the team’s first-ever victory in the city of Vancouver.

THE BIG STORY:

Two teams that came to within one game of facing each other in the Stanley Cup Finals last spring face off tonight, however this season the picture is far different than it was approximately seven months ago. Tampa Bay, 13th in the East with 37 points, looks to snap a three-game skid and make an early second-half push for a playoff spot, while Vancouver sits comfortably atop the Western Conference with 55 points seeking to win its third in a row.

TEAM SCOPE:

LIGHTNING – After getting swept on a three-game road trip through Canada, the Bolts are glad to see the schedule host four of the next five games at home, where they are 11-5-0 this season, beginning with Tuesday’s contest against the Canucks. The team hopes the friendly confines of its own arena will provide a more favorable result than that in the club’s last outing, a 3-1 loss to the Canadiens at the Bell Centre on Saturday night. Vincent Lecavalier had the Lightning’s lone goal in the game to establish a 1-0 lead early on in the first, but three consecutive Montreal goals past Lightning net minder Mathieu Garon ultimately extended Tampa Bay’s road losing streak to five games.

CANUCKS – Vancouver wraps up a back-to-back set against the Lightning after opening up the stretch Monday night in Sunrise against the Southeast Division-leading Panthers. The Canucks saw their two-game win streak come to an end on Monday, falling 2-1 to Florida in a rare loss at the BankAtlantic Center. Vancouver last lost to the Panthers in their barn on Oct. 20, 1999 and posted a record of 8-0-1 with a pair of ties before Scott Clemmensen ended the Canucks’ run with a 25-save performance. Dale Weise had the lone goal for Vancouver, which surrendered a 1-0 first-period lead and allowed two consecutive goals to the Panthers that stood up through the final horn.

WHO'S HOT:

Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos has eight goals in his past six games, with at least a point in all but one contest during that span. Martin St. Louis enters Tuesday with a goal and eight assists in eight games since returning from injury, while Vincent Lecavalier is riding a three-game point streak with a pair of goals and an assist in that span. For Vancouver, Henrik and Daniel Sedin each have a goal and three assists over their past five games.

INJURY REPORT:

LIGHTNING – Mattias Ohlund (knee, placed on Injured Reserve), Victor Hedman (concussion, out indefinitely), Adam Hall (upper body, out indefinitely), JT Wyman (upper body, day-to-day) and Ryan Shannon (lower body, out 2-4 weeks).

CANUCKS – Sami Salo (concussion), Andrew Ebbett (collar bone), David Booth (knee), Aaron Volpatti (shoulder), Byron Bitz (hip) and Aaron Rome (hand).

NOTABLE QUOTABLE:

“We’ve got nine of the next 12 games at home, so these coming up are huge. We know what the big picture is, and we’ve got specific things that we have to do is, but the bottom line is, we have to do it.” – Lightning head coach Guy Boucher, on the team’s upcoming schedule

CONNECTIONS:

The Canucks don't have any former Lightning players on their roster. The only former Tampa Bay player to have suited up for the Canucks is the injured Mattias Ohlund, who hasn't played a game yet this season. Ohlund played 770 regular-season games and 52 playoff games with Vancouver from 1997-2009. Ohlund was drafted in the first round by the Canucks (13th overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Jan 10 '12VAN 5 at TBL 4 - SOM. Raymond
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
H. Sedin44113950+133674
D. Sedin43182947+133263
R. Kesler39121931+113461
A. Edler4472330+21630
A. Burrows42161127+184835
C. Hodgson44101525+6441
K. Bieksa4442125+64920
J. Hansen44131124+72200
C. Higgins39101323+71012
D. Hamhuis4431821+122810
S. Salo3861016+6843
D. Booth255813-71711
M. Malhotra444812-5801
M. Lapierre44549-58200
M. Raymond19459+31001
K. Ballard39167-14700
D. Weise44336+06900
A. Rome15336+03011
A. Ebbett14415+1411
M. Samuelsson6123-1610
A. Alberts30112+42501
A. Volpatti23101-23700
A. Sulzer10011+5200
M. Duco2011+1000
M. Mancari6000+0000
M. Sturm6000-5200
C. Tanev3000-1000
B. Sweatt2000+0000
V. Oreskovich1000+0700
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
R. Luongo2917-9-3657802.37.917
C. Schneider1910-5-0395342.30.927
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
S. Stamkos41291847+63455
M. St. Louis36102333-11010
V. Lecavalier41161430+02845
M. Bergeron4142024+82010
R. Malone3581422-13021
T. Purcell4071421+21630
S. Downie3871017-1710220
D. Moore4131114-74200
E. Brewer4111112-62900
M. Gilroy3501111+11000
P. Kubina373710+43901
B. Connolly30448+01212
B. Clark41268-151200
R. Shannon25257-7800
N. Thompson35336-101900
V. Hedman32246-122800
T. Pyatt36325-7401
D. Tyrell21055-2600
B. Gervais20314-1400
B. Jones22224-31000
A. Hall37123-11300
J. Wyman6123+3000
M. Ritola5000-2600
B. Mikkelson1000+0000
P. Labrie1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Garon2811-11-2676932.85.903
D. Roloson216-9-2675583.76.880