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Bolts Finalize Roster; Demote Drouin, Connolly, Tyrell Among Others

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reduced their roster by 10 today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. The Lightning’s active roster stands at 23 players, with 13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders.

The following is a list of players and where they have been assigned:

Mike Angelidis Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
J.T. Brown Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Brett Connolly Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Jean-Philippe Cote Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Jonathan Drouin Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Kristers Gudlevskis Florida Everblades (ECHL)
Dmitry Korobov Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Nikita Kucherov Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Matt Taormina Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Dana Tyrell Syracuse Crunch (AHL)

The Bolts will open their season on Thursday night when they travel to Boston to take on the Bruins with puck-drop scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-28-13 Lightning at Panthers

Closing arguments.

FLA-5
TB-3

Anders Lindback allowed 4 goals on 21 shots for the loss. I don't think there was any big goaltending controversy to begin with, but this pretty much seals it that Ben Bishop will be the number one going into the season.

First Period
3:45 TB Stamkos, (St Louis, Drouin)
7:41 TB Connolly, (Gudas, Panik)
11:33 FLA Boyes, (Versteeg, Kulikov)

Second Period
1:19 FLA Gomez, (Huberdeau, Campbell)(PP)
5:25 FLA Winchester, (Goc, Kulikov)

Third Period
2:02 TB St Louis, (Stamkos, Salo)
11:22 FLA Versteeg, (Kopecky, Barkov)
19:00 FLA Versteeg, (Campbell, Gilbert)(EN)

Steven Stamkos was the game's third star.

Widespread speculation is the final roster spot may come down to Brett Connolly and Jonathan Drouin. Drouin played 11:48 and got himself a helper while Connolly played 12:38 and tallied his 4th goal of the preseason. That's strong stuff for Connolly.

Meanwhile, the Palat/Johnson/Panik line, which looked like a lock to make the team, didn't do themselves any favors by being on the ice for 3 Panthers goals.

Final cuts are expected some time soon. I don't envy Yzerman and the coaching staff on this one.

Box score from Tampabaylightning.com.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-26-13 Panthers at Lightning

The kids remain alright.

FLA-2
TB-3 (OT)

Ben Bishop stopped 26 of 28 shots for the victory.

Tampa Bay had goals from Tyler Johnson (power play), Richard Panik (shorthanded), and got the game winner from Nikita Kucherov (power play). Assists were contributed by Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, and Martin St. Louis in the victory.

Not to point out the obvious, but it would seem foolish not to keep the Palat/Johnson/Panik line up at this point.

The Lightning's final preseason game is Saturday.

Game recap from Tampabaylightning.com.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-24-13 Lightning at Predators

Offense stifled in Lightning's first defeat of the preseason.

TB-1
NSH-2

Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
4:48 NSH Moser, (Clune)

Third Period
14:47 NSH Klein, (unassisted)
19:14 TB Stamkos, (Drouin, Brown)

Nashville's an outstanding defensive team, and they absolutely shut down the Lightning tonight. You can't beat a goaltender as good as Pekka Rinne when you're not putting any pressure on him for full periods. I dare say the team missed the presence of the Palat/Johnson/Panik line's energy tonight.

The big development from a roster standpoint was Jonathan Drouin getting a bump to 15:50 of ice time with higher quality linemates, as the audition moves forward into a very key juncture of the preseason. There was also key audition minutes for Mark Barberio (21:47) and Andrej Sustr (24:18) as they try to lock up a spot on the team. My opinion remains the same, Sustr will have to lap Barberio and Aulie to make the team given Barberio and Aulie's waiver eligibility. So, it's a tough road for the big offensive d-man. The ice time tells you the Lightning are giving it a long look, though.

Box score from Tampabaylightning.com.

Lightning Add 4 More to Crunch

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reduced their training camp roster by four tonight, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. The Lightning’s camp roster now sits at 36, with 19 forwards, 14 defensemen and three goaltenders.

Forwards Vladislav Namestnikov, Cedric Paquette, Philippe Paradis and Geoff Walker were assigned to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL) following tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Walker must clear waivers.

The Crunch will open training camp on Tuesday, September 24 in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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