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StorylineThis was supposed to be a battle between two favorites in the East and West, but injuries have crippled each team. Dallas is out of the playoff race, but Tampa Bay still has a chance sitting four points back with five games to play. The Lightning need a win today.
Kucherov, the talented 23 year old Lightning right wing, has 80 points (38 goals, Cheap Jerseys
42 assists) in 69 games and is proving he can consistently be among the NHL’s elite scorers. Elie, the Stars’ 21 year old rookie, has three assists and is plus 5 in his past five games and is proving he can be a key checker for this team going forward.
That’s the number of power play goals scored by the Lightning, most in the NHL. Dallas allows the most power play goals against at 62. Both teams like to get the man advantage, as Tampa Bay is second with 262 power play opportunities and Dallas is fifth at 251. This should be a game with plenty of special teams play.
NotableDallas (32 35 11) is coming off a 3 0 win at Carolina Saturday and is 12 23 5 on the road.
Tampa Bay (38 29 10) is coming off a 2 1 OT loss against Montreal Saturday and is 21 14 4 at home.
Kari Lehtonen jersey cheap is expected in goal for Dallas. He is 21 23 7 with a 2.75 GAA and .906 save percentage. He is 4 1 1 in his past six starts with a 1.32 GAA and .950 save percentage. In his career against Tampa Bay, Lehtonen is 15 9 3 with a 2.55 GAA and .921 save percentage.
Peter Budaj jersey cheap is expected to start for Tampa Bay. He is 3 2 1 with a 2.74 GAA and .902 save percentage since being acquired by the Lightning from Los Angeles. In his career against Dallas, Budaj is 7 4 4 with a 2.63 GAA and .907 save percentage.
Dallas ranks 17th in scoring at 2.69 goals per game and 27th in GAA at 3.10.
Tampa Bay ranks 14th in scoring at 2.75 goals per game and 16th in GAA at 2.75.
Tampa Bay ranks 14th in save percentage at .910. Dallas ranks 29th at .896.
Dallas ranks 20th in PP Success jersey cheap at 17.9 percent and 30th in penalty kill at 74.1 percent.
Tampa Bay ranks 4th in PP Success jersey cheap at 22.9 percent and 12th in penalty kill at 81.0 percent.
Curtis McKenzie jersey cheap suffered an eye injury Thursday in Boston and was sent home to Dallas. Patrick Sharp jersey cheap had hip surgery Tuesday and is out for the season. Antoine Roussel jersey cheap (hand) and Mattias Janmark (knee) are also expected to miss the rest of the season. Ales Hemsky jersey cheap jersey cheap is day to day with a lower body injury. Jamie Oleksiak jersey cheap missed Saturday’s game with a lower body injury.
The Stars recalled Gemel Smith and Justin Dowling Friday and both played Saturday against the Hurricanes. Smith has 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in 50 AHL games for Texas. Dowling has 28 points (8 goals, 20 assists) in 49 AHL games this season.
The Stars beat Tampa Bay in OT, 4 3, in Dallas on Feb. 18
He said it”We talked about playing the right way. There’s no point in playing sloppy hockey. We knew how hungry they were. The only thing we can do is be spoilers and take some pride in how we play.”
Stars coach Lindy Ruff after his team’s 3 0 win at Carolina Saturday.
“[Lehtonen] had some good saves. We’ve given up a lot of goals, which starts with the guys in front of him. But when the guys in front of him limit the opportunities, Kari is the type of goaltender who can feed off of it.”
Stars coach Lindy Ruff, on goalie Kari Lehtonen jersey cheap, who made 25 saves torecord his 37th career shutout Saturday.
Stars GM Jim Nill on the prognosis for winger Curtis McKenzie jersey cheap, who suffered an eye injury in Boston Thursday and was sent back to Dallas.
“I just look at it as a complete positive because we got a point out of a game that they were better than us. There’s not much wiggle room left but not getting a point out of that game would have been devastating.”