Vincent Lecavalier might be back tonight, but he hasn’t been noticed on the ice yet. Not many of the Tampa Bay Lightning have been noticed on the ice, least of all their powerplay. Third in the league ahead of the Thrashers, the Lightning’s powerplay allowed a short-handed goal to Rich Peverley – Pevs’ 8th goal on the year and the Thrashers’ 6th short-handed goal, which is goof for second in the league behind the New York Rangers. Pevs’ rocket from above the top left face off circle pinged off of the post and behind Lightning goalie Mike Smith. Smith has been pulled in his last two starts, and while it doesn’t look like that’ll happen yet tonight, he’ll be worked. The Thrashers have eleven shots on goal (Lightning fifteen), most of which on the powerplay and a decent number coming from Dustin Byfuglien on that powerplay.
Atlanta hasn’t scored on the powerplay for three games (they had no chances on Tuesday night), but it’s still humming along at an impressive 23.1% nonetheless.