09 March 2011
Enemy Blog: Head over to Blackhawks Down Low for your opposition blog coverage
Record: Lightning (37-21-8) Blackhawks (37-24-6)
Game time: 7:30pm EST on Versus (HD) and on the radio at 620 WDAE
Free Stuff: The first 2,500 fans in Lightning stuff get Dwayne Roloson trading cardsThe Lightning continue to look for a win and tonight will be no easier than Tuesday's game against Washington. The Lightning are still in 5th place in the East but with only 1 point up on Montreal, if the boys don't get a win tonight, they are shooting themselves in the foot in the standings. The Lightning at this point need to keep pace with the Caps if they still are looking to with the Southeast Division.
We will play the Hawks twice this year, with this being the first meeting and the next one will be on April 3rd at the end of the season. Chicago has won eight of its last nine games, dropping last night's game to the Panthers. Last night's loss was a tricky one, since it was a road game against a team that has nothing to play for. In the 2nd and 3rd period, the Hawks outshot the Panthers 29-7. They currently sit in 4th place in the Western Conference with 80 points, but they are only separated from 8th/9th spot by 3 points. So the pressure is on them, just as bad as it is on the Lightning to win tonight.
And not to harp on about Stamkos being cold as ice lately, but Daniel and Henrik Sedin both notched 3 points each last night, putting Daniel at 84 point and Henrik tied with Stamkos at 79 points. How bout a few points this week boys?
Remember, the game is on Versus instead of SUN.
- Lightning injuries: Ryan Malone, Mike Lundin are out with mid body injuries, Randy Jones is out with a lower back injury. Steve Downie is listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury, as is Marc-Andre Bergeron with back spasms
- Blackhawks injuries: Jordan Hendry, Fernando Pisani
Your pre-game reading links:
- Official Lightning preview
- Raw Charge's preview
- Raw Charge's post on the injury updates that happened yesterday
- Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN debates whether star players should be on the bench for a shootout