Rangers Look To Get Hot In Tampa

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By The Numbers


Rangers: While playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2006-07 season, Brad Richards averaged 24:07 of ice-time per game---an extremely high total for a forward, and the most in his NHL career. Originally Tampa's third-round pick in the 1998 NHL Draft, Richards played nearly seven full seasons with the Lightning---winning the Stanley Cup in 2004, and posting four seasons oif 70 or more points. Since leaving the Lightning in a trade with Dallas in February of 2008, Richards has faced his former team seven times, recording three goals, seven assists, and ten points, including the overtime game-winner as a Ranger on February 9th of last season.


Lightning: Last year Tampa Bay's power play ranked near the bottom of the National Hockey League, converting at only 15.2 percent. Only four teams had a worse success rate with the man advantage than did the Lightning. However Tampa Bay's fortunes have changed this season. The Lightning rank third in the league, converting at a whopping 34.3 percent rate on the power play. Eight different players have scored power play goals already this season for the Lightning, with team captain Vinny Lecavalier leading the way with three. Steven Stamkos, who last year had a team-best 12 power play goals, has two so far this season, as does Martin St. Louis.