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Thursday, October 17th (All times Eastern)

Minnesota Wild (3-2-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (4-2-0), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Martin St. Louis reached a milestone with Tampa Bay in their most recent victory, but was left limping by game's end.

The Lightning could be without their captain on Thursday night when they resume their homestand against the Minnesota Wild.

St. Louis logged three points in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings, scoring once while adding two assists. He surpassed 900 career points with the Lightning franchise and is second in the NHL this season with 10 points.

The 38-year-old, though, blocked a shot in the third period and though he finished the game, St. Louis did not practice on Wednesday and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

"From all indications, it is nothing that is alarmingly serious. But I don't know," said Bolts head coach Jon Cooper.

Tampa Bay did recall forward Brett Connolly, the sixth overall pick of the 2010 draft, from Syracuse of the American Hockey League yesterday.

Should St. Louis be unable to play, the Lightning will try to keep up their recent scoring surge that has seen them pot 16 goals over the past three games. Ryan Malone scored 19 seconds into Tuesday's win, while Teddy Purcell and Ondrej Palat also had goals.

Ben Bishop improved to 4-0-0 this season after making 30 saves. He has a 1.71 goals against average and .939 save percentage in his four starts.

"I thought our team played real well," Bishop said. "We blocked shots. We kind of talked about that before the game, getting in front of the lanes a little bit more. I thought some big blocks were made in the second."

The Lightning improved to 2-1-0 on their seven-game homestand and have won four of six to start the season.

Bishop has never faced the Wild, while Anders Lindback is 1-0 against them in two games, stopping 37-of-40 shots faced. Lindback has lost both of his starts this season, posting a 4.07 GAA. It is unknown which of the two will start tonight.

The Wild play the third contest of a four-game road trip and had a three-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday with a 4-1 setback to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jason Pominville scored Minnesota's lone goal as the club lost its second game in regulation this year despite outshooting Toronto 38-14.

"We can't dwell on it," said Wild head coach Mike Yeo. "When you're getting chances, you're doing good things. When you're doing good things, you'll get rewarded."

With Niklas Backstrom out with a strained knee and Josh Harding having started the previous night's win in Buffalo, Darcy Kuemper made his seventh career NHL appearance. However, he was chased after 32 minutes of action having yielded three goals on seven shots faced.

Harding stopped all six shots he faced in relief and is likely to make his first ever appearance versus the Lightning tonight. There is a chance that Backstrom, who is back practicing, could return as the backup.

Defenseman Keith Ballard is questionable to return to action after sitting out Tuesday's game. He had taken a puck to the face in Monday's win.

The Wild have won five of their last seven against the Lightning both overall and in Tampa. The clubs last met on Nov. 28, 2011 in Minnesota, a 3-1 Wild victory.

10/17 10:40:45 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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DUR 3
 
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MIA 99
CHA 88
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CLE 6
TOR 4
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DET 2
ANA 1
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NYM 4
ATL 3
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SEA 2
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MIL 3
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STL 2
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NYY 5
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MIN 8
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CHC 2
CIN 8
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TEX 2
CWS 16
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HOU 1
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ARI 1
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PHI 10
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SFG 4
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BAL 5
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DAL 85
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WAS 102
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POR 122
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PHI 4
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BOS 4
DET 1
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TAM 2
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DUR 3
 
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