The Tampa Bay Lightning
have been in selling mode over the past week, but their playoff aspirations are not completely gone.
The Lightning (27-26-6), who have shipped out Dominic Moore
, Pavel Kubina
and Steve Downie
in trades over the past week, meet the Winnipeg Jets
tonight at the MTS Centre. All three players have been moved on game-days for the Lightning, leaving coach Guy Boucher
a bit skittish before facing the Jets.
"I'm scared to check my phone," Boucher said jokingly prior to Tampa Bay's morning skate. "Hopefully we don't have another one traded today. It's been tough for some of the players to manage it, but whether this year or last year, we have shown a lot of character. We've had injuries all year. We've basically never played with our full lineup and it keeps on going."
Thanks to a 10-3-2 run that includes their current three-game winning streak, the Lightning sit five points behind the ninth-place Jets and the eighth-place Toronto Maple Leafs
. They hold three games in hand on Winnipeg, however, and a single game in hand on the Leafs as well.
Boucher's club will be without captain Vincent Lecavalier
, who will miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury. Injured defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron
will not dress for the 17th time out of the Lightning's past 18 games.
The Lightning claimed forward Tim Wallace
on waivers from the New York Islanders
on Thursday morning, but he will not be in the Tampa Bay lineup tonight. Wallace notched 1 assist in 36 games with the Islanders this season.
will make his third consecutive start in net for the Lightning.
Here are the projected lines and pairings for the Lightning:
Martin St. Louis
- Steven Stamkos
- Teddy Purcell
- Nate Thompson
- Adam Hall
- Brett Connolly
- Ryan Shannon
- Trevor Smith
- Mike Angelidis
- Victor Hedman
- Matt Gilroy
- Bruno Gervais