A game like this potentially rearranges the chess board a bit:
stopped 37 of 41 in the overtime loss. [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig
[/url] led the way offensively with 1 goal and 1 assist while Martin St. Louis
had 2 helpers. The other Lightning goal scorers were Eric Perrin
and Filip Kuba
, with Dan Boyle chipping in a single assist. The power play continued to yield dividends going 3 for 10 on the night.
An interesting subplot in the game was the opportunity opened up for young defenseman [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby
[/url] as Doug Janik
sat in the penalty box for much of the first half of the game serving a major for fighting, a minor for instigation and a ten minute misconduct. Also, Dan Boyle was held out of the game in the third period with an undisclosed injury leaving Smaby to play 18:53 with a -1 rating, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Smaby was on the ice for the overtime winning goal, but reportedly played well otherwise. With more playing time, is Smaby sneaking up on Janik on the depth chart?
Janik played 16:41 of even hockey with 2 shots, 1 hit and 3 blocked shots. Perrin plated 19:19 and was -1 with 3 shots, 1 hit and 2 blocked shots as well as an outstanding 4 takeaways, but was only 25% on draws. [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] had his poorest game statistically of the preseason going -2 in 15:13 with 1 shot and 2 hits. Mitch Fritz
was -1 in 9:15 with 4 hits. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones
[/url] was -1 in 9:56 with 1 blocked shot and was 27% on draws. Nick Tarnasky
continued his strategy of brawling his way onto the Lightning roster with a fight in his 8:43 of even hockey with 3 hits.
So, with [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger
[/url] still out on the blueline and Dan Boyle possibly nicked could Doug Janik or Matt Smaby sneak onto the opening night roster? In the fight for the team's open 4th line forward spot, has Norm Milley stumbled and lost ground to the skilled Eric Perrin or the tough young lion Nick Tarnasky? Also, how does Rob DiMaio's concussion tonight figure into the equation.
Cuts to follow soon.
Note: Jones and goaltender Karri Ramo
, with the Lightning on an emergency basis, were reassigned to Springfield after the game.