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Lightning-Blue Jackets scouting report

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 07:00 PM


WHO: Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets

WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m., Nationwide Arena


INJURIES: Lightning - D Paul Ranger (personal leave), D David Hale (lower body), out; D Kurtis Foster (upper body), LW Ryan Malone (knee/upper body), D Matt Smaby (back spasms), questionable. Blue Jackets - D Rostislav Klesla (groin), C Derek MacKenzie (knee), D Jan Hejda (knee), RW Jared Boll (hand), RW Chris Clark (knee), out.

NEED TO KNOW: Tampa Bay is 1-2-1 all-time at Nationwide Arena, with the only victory coming Oct. 23, 2003. ... Columbus is 4-0 against the Southeast Division this season and 13-1-2 in the past three seasons, with one of the overtime losses coming March 24, 2009, in Tampa. ... Blue Jackets are expected to start G Steve Mason, last season's rookie of the year who has struggled in his second season with a 19-23-8 record, 3.15 goals-against average and .898 save percentage. ... Columbus is 19-11-8 at home, including 7-2-3 in the past 12 at Nationwide Arena. ... Lightning are 26th in road penalty kill (76.1 percent) and own worst road record in the Eastern Conference at 11-21-6. ... D Matt Walker sat out practice Monday for "body maintenance," while Smaby missed practice because of back spasms.

Erik Erlendsson


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