Tampa Bay Lightning – So Hot, So Cold!

Lightning players pulling down ice time for this season include forwards Evgeny Artyukhin, Ryan Craig, Adam Hall, Jeff Halpern, Jussi Jokinen, David Koci, Vincent Lecavalier, Ryan Malone, Matt Pettinger, Vaclav Prospal, Mark Recchi, Gary Roberts, Radek Smolenak, martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Paul Szczechura. Defensemen include Steve Eminger, Jamie Heward, Lukas Krajicek, Marek Malik, Andrej Meszaros, Cory Murphy, Janne Niskala, Paul Ranger and Matt Smaby. Goalies include Olaf Kolzig and Mike Smith.

Currently none of the players are on the injured reserves list. Undoubtedly a great coach and support team plays an integral role. Lighting coaches and trainers include interim head coach Rick Tocchet, assistant coach Wes Walz, assistant coach Cap Raeder, video coach Nigel Kirwan, head athletic trainer Tom Mulligan, assistant athletic trainer Mike Poirier, massage therapist Mike Griebel, equipment manager Ray Thill, assistant equipment manager Clay Roffer and assistant equipment manager Rob Kennedy.

As the Lightning affectionately refers to them, there are more than a few players in the pipe for this team. Lightning forwards include Dimitri Bezrukov, Brandon Bochenski, Anton But, Justin Courtnall, Luca Cunti, Kyle De Coste, Mitch Fadden, Alexi Glukhov, Chris Gratton, Johan Harju, Blair Jones, Denis Kazionov, Dimitri Kazionov, Justin Keller, Alexander Killorn, Zenon Konopka, Chris Lawrence, Matt Marshall, Alexander Polushin, Pavel Sedov, Brandon Segal, Juraj Simek, Wyatt Smith, Vitali, Smolyninov, Matias Sointu, Ilya Solarev, Dana Tyrell, Albert Vishnyakov, Radim Vrbata and James Wright. Defensemen include Mark Barberio, David Carle, Justin Fletcher, Andreas Holmqvist, Scott Jackson, Vladimir Mihalik, Kevin Quick, Andy Rogers, Jay Rosehill, Michael Ward, John Wessbecker, Ty Wishart, Luke Witkowski and Jan Zapletal. Goalies include Riku Helenius, Torrie Jung, Vasily Koshechkin, Karri Ramo and dustin Tokarski.

The Lightning picked up a win against the Sabres and will finish out the month of January with games against the Hurricanes and Flyers both away and at home respectively. In February, the Lightning will hit the road and take to the ice as visitors against the Islanders, Penguins, Hurricanes, Oilers and Canucks. For the rest of the games in February, the Lightning will host games at home against the Islanders, Thrashers, Maple Leafs, Capitals, Blackhawks, Devils and Bruins. In March the Lightning will again head out on the road to play games against the Flames, Maple Leafs, Panthers, Canadiens, Capitals, Lightning and the Bruins. The month of March also holds many planned home games where the Lightning will play host to the Penguins, Blues, Hurricanes, Maple Leafs, Capitals, Thrashers, Blue Jackets and Senators.

In April, just five additional games mark the end of the 2008-2009 NHL season. At home the Lightning will finish out their season with away games against the Devils, Islanders and Thrashers; the latter of which is the final game scheduled for Saturday, April 11. The Lightning will also host the Penguins and the Capitals at home in April to complete the season.

The Lightning is currently in the 12th position in the Eastern Conference League games with 42 points in 16 wins, 21 losses and 10 OT.

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