24 February 2011
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Record: Lightning (35-18-7) Devils (26-30-4)
Game time: 7:30pm EST on SUN (HD) and on the radio at 620 WDAE
Free Stuff: First 2,500 fans in Lightning gear get.....A THUNDERBUG SOAP DISPENSER!!!!Tonight's game is the last game in our 12 game homestand. It's our third of the four game's we'll play against the Devils who have pretty much had the Lightnings' number all season. But the Lightning have a tough game tonight as the Devils have been 16-1-2 since January 9th when they beat the Lightning. Their goaltender Johan Hedberg has had seven straight wins, and two shutouts in his last 3 starts. This has the making for a terrible game to watch.
The Lightning are still riding their high of winning over the Coyotes 8-3. Purcell got his first NHL hat trick, and our captain had a huge 5 point night. The bench looks a little different, as Dan Ellis has now been traded to Anaheim, so we'll have Curtis McElhinney or Mike Smith (if he clears waivers) as back-up on the bench.
- Lightning injuries: Ryan Malone, Mike Lundin and Matt Smaby (day-to-day with flu-like symptoms)
- Devils' injuries: Zach Parise, Bryce Salvador, Matt Taormina and Matthew Corrente (as I wrote this I wondered who are those last two guys?)
Your pre-game reading links:
- Official Lightning preview
- Official Lightning game notes
- Raw Charge's preview