Stars at Lightning
6 p.m. Saturday , Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Fla.
TV: FSSW plus Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM
Records: Stars 37-28-11, 85 points; Lightning 42-26-9, 93
About the Stars: They are trying to keep Phoenix at arm’s length for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. ... The Stars have lost eight times since the Olympic break and have given up four or more goals in each of those losses. ... Ryan Garbutt has four goals in the past five games. ... The Stars are 0-10 on the power play in their last three games and 1-13 over the last five. ... Forward Ray Whitney is out for the game after leaving Thursday’s loss to Carolina with a lower body injury. He is listed as day-to-day. Forward Erik Cole, who has missed the last seven games with an upper body injury, is listed as questionable. Defenseman Aaron Rome practiced Friday but is listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury.
About the Lightning: They are in a fight with Montreal for second place in the Atlantic Division and home ice in a possible first-round matchup between the two clubs. ... Forward Ondrej Palat was named NHL Rookie of the Month in March and has nine goals and 23 points in his last 21 games. The Lightning have gone 8-2-2 in their last 12 games to solidify their postseason standing. ... Mike Kostka will miss the game with a concussion. ... The Lightning beat the Stars 4-2 on March 1 and has a 5-0-2 record against the Stars since 2003, including the last three meetings. — From online reports