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Game preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Associated Press

Associated Press


Lightning vs. Blue Jackets

When/where: 7:30; St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Injuries: Tampa Bay — G Mike Smith (concussion), D Andrej Meszaros (shoulder), D Paul Ranger (shoulder), D Marek Malik (ankle) and D Cory Murphy (foot) are out. Columbus — LW Fredrik Modin (knee), LW Jason Chimera (groin), C Derick Brassard (shoulder) and C Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (knee) are out.

Key stats: Columbus G Steve Mason, above, is second in the league with a 2.23 goals-against average. … Lightning RW Marty St. Louis has five goals, six assists in an eight-game points streak. … LW Rick Nash leads the team with 34 goals, 33 assists and 67 points. … The Blue Jackets have the league's worst power play at 12.5 percent. Its 37 power-play goals also are a league low. … Columbus is 13-3-1 against the East, 5-0-0 against the Southeast.

Game preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 03/23/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 7:50am]
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