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Lines for Saturday's Game

The showdown for the #6 and #7 defenseman jobs for the Tampa Bay Lightning looks like it will begin in earnest on Saturday night against the Caps.

According to Carter Gaddis on Erik Erlendsson's blog, the night will mark this year's preseason debut for the pairing of Brad Lukowich and Matt Smaby as well as for the pairing of Dan Jancevski and Doug Janik. From the outside looking in, it appears Smaby, Jancevski, and Janik are all vying for one the two open vacancies. One will be left out, but whom?

Saturday's lines and pairings:

Prospal/Lecavalier/St. Louis



Johan Holmqvist is scheduled to play the entire game for the Lightning. Head Coach John Tortorella wants to trim the roster down to 26 after the game, meaning there will be 7 cuts coming which jibes with the 6-7 cuts Claude Loiselle is reportedly expecting to arrive in Norfolk next week.