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Lightning - Jets Preview

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning - Jets Preview
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Winnipeg Jets

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Game Notes

  • Lightning (27-26-6, 60 Points) at Jets (29-26-7, 65 Points)
  • Last 10: Tampa Bay (5-3-2); Winnipeg (5-4-1)
  • Steven Stamkos passed Brian Bradley for fifth place in franchise history on Thursday night. Stamkos has 302 points with the Bolts, while Bradley had 300
  • Stamkos has 10 goals against Winnipeg/Atlanta over the last two seasons
  • Stamkos has more goals (17) and points (30) against the Jets/Thrasher than any other NHL team
  • Vincent Lecavalier (839 pts), Martin St. Louis (810 pts), Brad Richards (489 pts) and Vaclav Prospal (371 pts) are the team’s all-time leading scorers
  • Teddy Purcell is one game from 250 in the NHL. He has 11 points (2g, 9a) over his last eight games
  • Mathieu Garon is 8-2-2 over his last 12 starts for the Lightning
  • Nate Thompson played in his 250th NHL game on 2/21 vs. ANA
  • Tampa Bay’s 11 overtime and shootout wins against Winnipeg/Atlanta are its most against any NHL opponent
  • A Lightning win would be their first in Winnipeg since Mikael Andersson scored the game-winner of January 16, 1994
  • Steven Stamkos enters the matchup with the league lead in goals - 42, including five goals and three assists in the past three games
  • Byfuglien has 11 points in the last seven games for the Jets


Season Series:

The two Southeast Division clubs face off in the fourth of six meetings on the year. After the Lightning took the opening matchup of the season back on Oct. 29, the Jets won each of the next two contests, earning victories on Nov. 14 and Feb. 2.

The Big Story:

The Lightning have won three straight and sit just five points out of not only the final playoff spot in the East, but the Southeast Division lead, too. Winnipeg, meanwhile, is tied with both Florida for first in the Southeast Division, and Toronto for eighth in the Eastern Conference, but don't hold the tiebreaker with either club, as it enters Thursday contest currently sitting in ninth place.

Team Scope:

LIGHTNING – Tampa Bay kicks off a three-game road trip beginning Thursday that wraps up with back-to-back finale over the weekend against Pittsburgh and New Jersey, respectively. The Bolts have won three straight games, with each of those victories coming just hours after the team traded one of its marquee players. The latest incident occurred Tuesday, when Tampa Bay earned a 3-2 victory over the Ducks not long after forward Steve Downie was dealt to Colorado. Teddy Purcell and Steven Stamkos each had three points in the Lightning win over Anaheim, with Stamkos extending his NHL goal-scoring lead to 42. Mathieu Garon also stopped all but two shots faced on the night to help the Lightning inch closer to the East’s final playoff spot, while also snapping Anaheim’s season-long points streak at nine games.

JETS – Winnipeg’s eight-game home stand continues on Thursday as it hosts the Lightning for the second of three meetings at the MTS Centre this season. The Jets come in ninth in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, although the team finds itself tied with Toronto, currently eighth, with 65 points. Winnipeg has been taking care of its own business to make a return to the postseason after 11 seasons, earning victories in three of its past four. The club saw its three-game win streak come to an end on Tuesday, but still managed to get a point following a 5-4 overtime loss to the Flyers. The two teams matched goal totals in each period, as the Jets even scored three times throughout the night with the man advantage. Andrew Ladd had two goals, Dustin Byfuglien scored, and Evander Kane lit the lamp to take a 4-4 game into overtime before Jaromir Jagr won it for the Flyers with 44 seconds remaining in the extra session.

Who's Hot:

Steven Stamkos has points in three straight games, recording five goals and eight points in that span, while Teddy Purcell has two goals and nine assists in his past eight games. Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec posts a 2-0-1 record in his past three starts, with an average of 37 saves in that span for his club.

Injury Report:

LIGHTNING – Mattias Ohlund (knee, placed on Injured Reserve), Dana Tyrell (ACL, out for season, placed on Injured Reserve), Marc-Andre Bergeron (upper body, day-to-day) and Vincent Lecavalier (non-displaced hand fracture, out indefinitely).

JETS – Zach Bogosian (foot).

Notable Quotable:

“Right now, it's just keep on pushing and finding ways with the players that have been brought up. That's what we've been doing for a while and I think we take pride in this. We’re doing it under difficult circumstances.” –Lightning head coach Guy Boucher, on his team’s recent success and playoff push despite the recent off-ice trades of three of the team’s players

Connections:

Current Jets defenseman Randy Jones appeared in a Lightning uniform last season, skating in 61 regular season games with the Bolts and an additional five postseason contests before signing with Winnipeg as a free agent. The Jets currently have forward Antti Miettinen as well, with who the Lightning agreed to terms before he was plucked off waivers by Winnipeg in early December.
2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 07 '12TBL 4 at WPG 3 - OTT. Purcell
Mar 31 '12WPG 2 at TBL 3 - OTS. Stamkos
Feb 23 '12TBL 3 at WPG 4D. Byfuglien
Feb 02 '12WPG 2 at TBL 1 - OTK. Wellwood
Nov 14 '11TBL 2 at WPG 5M. Flood
Oct 29 '11WPG 0 at TBL 1V. Lecavalier
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
S. Stamkos60433073+75089
M. St. Louis55193453+21432
V. Lecavalier58212546+04655
T. Purcell59162642+91642
R. Malone46102030-54131
S. Downie55121628-1512121
M. Bergeron4342024+62010
D. Moore5641519-104801
M. Gilroy5111516+11600
E. Brewer6011314-23100
V. Hedman4431013-54000
N. Thompson547411-151900
P. Kubina523811+15901
B. Clark602911-212000
T. Pyatt52639-10801
B. Connolly46459-11812
B. Gervais39459-1810
R. Shannon37279-91000
J. Wyman18145+1200
D. Tyrell26055-5600
B. Jones22224-31000
A. Hall44123-61300
B. Mikkelson20022+0200
T. Smith6022+3000
M. Angelidis3101+1000
P. Labrie8011+01000
M. Ritola5000-2600
E. Oberg1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Garon4319-16-410810952.90.901
D. Roloson278-11-2837233.58.885
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
B. Wheeler61113849+74162
E. Kane55231740+74353
D. Byfuglien47102838-115842
A. Ladd63211536+13944
K. Wellwood61122436+4421
B. Little55181533-21646
N. Antropov5581927+13620
A. Burmistrov57121123+43210
T. Enstrom4341721+02821
Z. Bogosian5331821-75110
T. Stapleton4481119-6842
T. Glass635914-105401
J. Slater598513-93301
J. Oduya6221113-83301
R. Hainsey39099+7600
C. Thorburn62358-108100
M. Stuart61358-38001
M. Flood29347+2811
A. Miettinen27044-7000
E. Fehr33112-61200
B. MacLean5022+1200
R. Jones27101+1600
M. Scheifele7101+0010
J. Jaffray13011-1700
A. Kulda9000+3400
K. McArdle9000-3400
A. Gagnon7000-1000
P. Cormier6000+0000
C. Klingberg6000-1400
B. Festerling5000-1200
B. Maxwell4000-2000
P. Postma3000+0000
D. Meech2000+1400
S. Machacek2000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
O. Pavelec5223-20-713915572.78.911
C. Mason167-6-0303342.30.910
P. Mannino10-0-0040.001.000