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Lightning ready for another 'test'

Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 11:47 AM

By Lonnie Herman - Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Lightning ready for another 'test'

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning continue their season-long seven-game homestand when they host the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

For the Lightning, coming off a last-minute loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, the matchup against the Kings figures to be a test of where they stand early in the season.

"We keep running into these tests," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "Like, wow, this whole League is a test, I'm finding out."

It's hard to blame him for feeling that way. In Tampa Bay's first five games they have faced the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins and now the Los Angeles Kings.

"Again, we're playing another team that their whole core is together," Cooper said. "They played deep into the [postseason]. They throw four lines at you, they are big and they are strong."

Returning to the net Tuesday will be Ben Bishop, who missed the game Saturday with a lower-body injury. Bishop has been in goal for all three of the Lightning's wins this season.

Here is the lineups the Lightning likely will use Tuesday:

Ryan Malone - Steven Stamkos - Martin St. Louis

Richard Panik - Valtteri Filppula - Alex Killorn

Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Teddy Purcell

B.J. Crombeen - Nate Thompson - Pierre-Cedric Labrie

Matthew Carle - Radko Gudas

Victor Hedman - Sami Salo

Eric Brewer - Andrej Sustr

Ben Bishop

Anders Lindback

Scratched: Keith Aulie, Mark Barberio

Injured: Tom Pyatt (collarbone)

Quote of the Day

We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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