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The Lightning are opening up a 4 game home stand with the Sharks tonight, though the schedule is still stupid with a Thurs/Sat game then no hockey for 5 days, then another Thurs/Sat game.
Chances of winning tonight, are well, slim in my opinion. The Sharks tore apart the Rangers the other night 7-3. And unless the media (twitter) melee of the strip shoot out game produced a miracle of a Lightning team that can actually play hockey, well, we may be the next team to be torn apart by the Sharks.
Rookie James Wright gets to move up to the top line to be the LW for Lecavalier and St. Louis. This is all being done in an effort to spark Lecavalier's scoring. I had hoped this would have been done sooner, as I never thought Downie looked good skating with Lecavalier. Wright's role will be to forecheck and work hard for the puck.
Mike Smith is still searching for his 1st win the season, and Tocchet thinks it will be him in starting in net cause he looked on in practice on Sunday.
Quote of the day is from Dan Boyle on the players that are on the Lightning team that he used to play with:
"Knowing some of the guys I know, I don't wish them anything bad," Boyle said. "I want them to succeed and stuff. Selfishly, part of me, obviously, still has a problem with the guys up top. I don't want the guys I know to be going through this. That's more important than those two guys up there."-St. Petersburg Times
- Mike Smith is expected to start tonight
- James Wright is up on the top line with Lecavalier and St. Louis
- 2nd line: Malone, Stamkos, Downie
- 3rd line: Tanguay, Halpern, Miller
- 4th line: Fedoruk, Konopka, Veilleux
- Kurtis Foster is scratched from the game