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The Final Homestand: Penguins vs. Lightning Open Thread

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Karri Ramo is scheduled to be the starting goalie for both games during the season's final homestand. Head Coach Rick Tocchet is starting player evaluations which should put everyone under a microscope in one way or another. On ice efforts reflecting ability to compete at the NHL level is a must...

Oh yeah, and it would be nice to actually get a win at Times Palace -- the Lightning are 1-7 in their last 8 at home.

On the other side of the ice, the Penguins are on the cusp of clinching their playoff berth. They suffered a loss at Sunrise against the Panthers, and finish up spring break tonight in Tampa.

Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lines

(last updated April 7th, 2009 by RawCharge.com)

Offensive Lines:

Ryan Malone - Steven Stamkos - Martin St. Louis
Vaclav Prospal - Jeff Halpern - Evgeny Artyukhin
Martins Karsums - Paul Szczechura - Matt Pettinger
Adam Hall - Zenon Konopka - Brandon Bochenski

Defensive Pairings:

Matt Smaby | Lukas Krajicek
Matt Lashoff | Vladmir Mihalik
Noah Welch | David Koci

Pensburgh posted projected lines for the Penguins tonight:

Kunitz-Crosby-Guerin
Fedotenko-Malkin-Sykora
Cooke-Staal-Kennedy
Dupuis-Talbot-Godard
Fleury will be minding the pipes for the Pens as well as Kid Sid looks for his 100th point of the season. Speaking of Pensburgh, stop by their open comment thread to see their own views on the game.