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Your Pun-Free GDT; Blues at Lightning

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The infamous Jeffio, who started the Game Night Revue which begot St. Louis Game Time which begot StLouisGameTime.com, was always bothered by the name 'Tampa Bay Lightning' because technically teams of people should be plural. Hence every version of GNR referred to the Lightnings throughout the issue.

Why is that important? No idea, but we still think of it every time we see that stupid nickname. We're always baffled when we see a professional team pick a nickname of something that could kill one of their fans.

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Lightnings fan killed by lightning. Irony meter pegged.

We hardly ever get to see this team, but here's what you already probably know about them:

  • Pretty much count on Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis to provide all of their offense.
  • Have two owners who are probably too involved in the day-to-day running of the team. One is a former journeyman/AHLer and the other's claim to fame is producinmg the Saw films.
  • Due to over-management by said owners, 2008 No.1 overall pick Steven Stamkos stayed with the team probably too long despite early struggles. They also hired The Great Mullet Charlie Brown Barry Melrose after a decade away from being a bench boss and then fired just 16 games into the season.

The Lightnings are a bit of a mess currently and while they are 12th in their conference just like the Blues, they are 10 games under .500 and just 3-6-1 in their last 10. Their power play is 19th in the league (Blues are 10th) and their penalty kill is 25th (Blues are ninth). They have the 25th most potent offense and there are only three teams that have given up more goals than Tampa this year.

Control the top two scorers; win the game. Puck drops at 6:30 and this is your game day thread.

Let's Go Blues!