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There was a circus in town in Tampa, and it just left St. Petersburg on Sunday....or is it returning to the ice tonight against the Capitals? Something to ponder.

Oh, and someone over in Lightning marketing thinks that Jeff Schultz (#55) and Zenon Konopka are a key selling point for ticket buyers, clearly that's why they used this picture as their front splash on their website to promote buying tickets to the game.

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Enemy blog: Check out the Miz over at Fight for Old DC

This is the second meeting between the two teams. The first meeting we lost 3-0 at home, so tonight we'll have to do better. This weekend was weird with a big win in New Jersey on Friday and Sunday, and a lackluster effort on Saturday night in Philly. We will play the Caps again at the end of the month on January 31st, then 3 times in the month of March on the 4th, 12th and 20th.

Washington has had some changes since last saw them. Ovechkin is now the captain, they no longer have Chris Clark or Milan Jurcina and now have Jason Chimera. They also just schooled the Thrashers over Saturday night, 8-1. Ouch.

The Caps are now 3-0 since Ovechkin took over the captaincy and since they play the Lightning, Panthers and Leafs this week, may keep going full speed ahead with their wins.

The Lightning spend the next two games at home, playing the Panthers next before heading out on the road for a bit of a stragely put together trip mileage-wise. The Lightning practised this morning in Brandon as the ice wasn't ready yet after the circus that was in town. The Lightning have lost the last 12 straight games to the Capitals so a win would be nice...

Line-up Notes:

  • Mike Smith is in goal
  • Blair Jones cleared waivers and is in Norfolk
Game time: 7:30pm ET on SUN (HD)