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Lightning/Penguins preview - 12/23;  Whitney returns tonight, Letang out:  Sabourin to start

Lightning at Penguins, 7:30 PM ET, Mellon Arena

Season records: 

Lightning, 7-16-9, 23 pts, T-14th in Eastern Conference
Penguins, 18-11-4, 40 pts, 7th in Eastern Conference


Season series:  1st meeting

Last game vs. Lightning:  Penguins def. Lightning, 4-2, Mar. 20, 2008.

Last game results:  Penguins def. Sabres, 4-3 (OT), Dec. 22ndThrashers def. Lightning, 4-3, Dec. 20th.

Special teams rankings: 

Powerplay:  Penguins 20.0% (10th), Lightning 14.7% (T-23rd)
Penalty Kill:  Penguins 80.7% (18th), Lightning 80.4% (21st)

Probable goaltender rankings:

SV%:  Penguins - Marc-Andre Fleury .904 (T-27th), Lightning - Mike Smith .924 (7th)
GAA:  Penguins - Marc-Andre Fleury 3.06 (35th), Lightning - Mike Smith 2.50 (T-15th)

- Tonight will be the long-awaited return of defenseman Ryan Whitney, who’s been out all season because of foot surgery.  Unsure how many minutes or what assignments Whitney will get at this time.
- According to the press notes, Ryan Stone was re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
- Tampa Bay’s Mike Smith is winless in three games against the Penguins, posting a 0-3-0 record with a 3.03 goals-against average over the span.
- The Lightning’s Vinny Lecavalier has 22 goals and 32 points in 36 career games vs. the Penguins.
- A sellout tonight will be the 82nd consecutive.

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