The Tampa Bay Lightning will feature a fresh face in the lineup tonight as the team takes on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
The team recalled forward Alex Killorn from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Sunday, as well as assigned forward Dana Tyrell to Syracuse in a corresponding move.
Killorn, who has 16 goals and 38 points in 44 games with the Crunch this season, is expected to start the game on the third line alongside Benoit Pouliot and Ryan Malone.
The native of Halifax, Nova Scotia also was tied for the Crunch team lead with seven power-play goals and ranked third in the AHL for rookie scoring.
Lightning head coach Guy Boucher also feels as if Killorn can help the team win on the road, on which the Bolts will look to claim their first points in the finale of what was initially scheduled to be a four-game swing away from home before a severe snow storm postponed Saturday’s game in Boston until a later date.
Still, with a little extra rest after having not played yesterday, the hope is that Killorn’s energy will spark the Lightning even more in a tough road contest tonight to return home with some momentum leading into a pair of home games this week at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
According to Boucher, Killorn also brings more size and speed, which a team can never have too much of, especially when looking to snap a three-game losing streak in a hostile environment.