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Lightning (13-17-1, 27 Points) at Jets (16-14-2, 34 Points)
TV/Radio: Sun Sports HD; AM 970 WFLA
It’s the penultimate meeting between the two Southeast Division rivals. The teams have split each of the first two contests thus far this season, with the Lightning earning an 8-3 victory on February 1 and the Jets returning the favor with a 2-1 win on March 7. Following Sunday’s contest, the clubs will wrap up the season set on April 16 in Winnipeg.
Sunday’s game presents a big opportunity for Tampa Bay to gain some ground in both the Southeast Division standings and in the postseason hunt. Even though the Lightning have lost two in a row, so has Winnipeg, which has temporarily stalled the Jets chances to create separation at the top of the division. The Lightning enter the contest just seven points back of the first-place Jets and only five behind Carolina for the eighth and final playoff spot.
LIGHTNING – Tampa Bay concludes a three-game road trip Sunday through Canada, still looking for its first win on the swing before returning home. Thus far, the Bolts have dropped each of the first two contests on the trip in Toronto and Ottawa, respectively. On Saturday, four first-period goals put the Senators out to a big lead, chasing Mathieu Garon from net in favor of Cedrick Desjardins before even the first 20 minutes ended. A scoreless second though seemed to have calmed the Bolts down, as they then scored three times in the final period, getting two goals from Tyler Johnson and an additional tally from Teddy Purcell. The Senators put an end to the comeback attempt however when Daniel Alfredsson’s second goal of the afternoon found the empty net with Desjardins off to the bench in favor of the extra skater.
JETS – Winnipeg wraps up a four-game homestand Sunday versus the Lightning. The Jets still hold a two-point lead over Carolina for first place in the Southeast Division, but it could have been larger if the team didn’t lose each of its past two games, a back-to-back set at home against Washington on consecutive nights. It seems the trouble lately for the Jets has come in the goal-scoring department, where the team has notched just a single goal over its past two games. It dropped Thursday’s contest 4-0 to the Capitals, only to follow it up Friday with a 6-1 defeat. In total, the Jets haven’t scored more than three goals in each of their past four contests. Dustin Byfuglien had the lone tally on Friday for Winnipeg, but it came halfway through the third after the Capitals had already built up a 5-0 lead.
Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson has notched three goals and six points over a four-game point streak, while defenseman Sami Salo has three assists in his past four games. For the Jets, Andrew Ladd has points in all but one of his past seven games with one goal and seven points in that span. Dustin Byfuglien also has points in five of his past seven outings for Winnipeg.
LIGHTNING – Benoit Pouliot (Upper Body, Placed On Injured Reserve), Ryan Malone (Upper Body, Placed On Injured Reserve), Vincent Lecavalier (Lower Body, Placed On Injured Reserve) and Anders Lindback (Lower Body). JETS – Tobias Enstrom (Shoulder), Jim Slater (Upper Body), Anthony Peluso (Hand) and Zach Redmond (Leg).
Tampa Bay leads the Southeast Division with a plus-6 goal differential. Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis rank third and fourth, respectively, in league scoring with 40 and 39 points, respectively.
Radko Gudas ranks 11th among all NHL rookie defensemen with a plus-2 rating.
Tampa Bay is the only team in the NHL to have two different rookies, that being Cory Conacher and Alex Killorn, rank in the Top 10 in game-winning goals among first-year players.
Stamkos and St. Louis also are the only pair of NHL teammates to rank in the Top 5 among league forwards for average time on ice per game.
“We can't wait until we're down to start showing emotion. I've got to be better at that. Everyone has to be better at that. We have to start from the puck drop.” – Steven Stamkos, on playing with more urgency from the start of the game until the end
|Apr 16 '13||TBL 3 at WPG 4 - SO||M. Santorelli|
|Mar 24 '13||TBL 2 at WPG 3||T. Enstrom|
|Mar 07 '13||WPG 2 at TBL 1||B. Little|
|Feb 01 '13||WPG 3 at TBL 8||C. Conacher|
|M. St. Louis||32||7||33||40||-4||8||2||1|