The New York Rangers (12-9-1) visit the Tampa Bay Lightning (12-7-2) at the St. Pete Times Forum tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo Sports.
TV: MSG 2; Radio: 970AM The Apple, XM208
Henrik Lundqvist – 7-7-1, 2.75 gaa, .914 sv%, 2 so.
Mike Smith – 7-3-0, 3.17 gaa, .887 sv %, 0 so
– Tampa has won four straight games.
– Steven Stamkos scored his league leading 20th goal Monday night. He now has 10 goals and five assists over his past nine contests, and has recorded a point in all but three of Tampa Bay’s games.
– Martin St. Louis has a goal and seven assists in the last four games.
– The Lightning have lost three straight to the Rangers.
– Simon Gagne (neck) is most likely out tonight. He has been on injured reserve since Oct. 22 with a neck strain that caused some minor vision and balance issues.
– Mike Smith has won three consecutive games.
– Vinny Lecavalier will be out four to five weeks after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his right hand on Nov. 11. He underwent surgery on Nov. 15.
2010-11 Season Series:
Nov. 24 Rangers vs. Lightning at Tampa
Dec. 23 Rangers vs. Lightning at MSG
Jan. 1 Rangers vs. Lightning at Tampa
Feb. 27 Rangers vs. Lightning at MSG
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