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After having a game to sit out and watch from the press box, Evgeny Artyukhin will be back in the lineup for the Lightning tonight against New Jersey. Hopefully we’ll see the Artyukhin that can change to momentum of a game and cause opponents to spend so much time chasing him that they forget to just play the game. Gary Roberts will sit out to make room for Artyukhin, while the rest of the lineup looks it will stay the same.
It also looks like Marek Malik is still out with a lower body injury so Ty Wishart is in once again tonight. One player who had been scratched on occasion but likely won’t be in the press box anymore is center Steven Stamkos
, who electrified the crowd Tuesday night with a natural hat trick. By completing the feat, Stamkos became the first Lightning rookie to record a hat trick, as well as the second-youngest player in NHL history to record a natural hat trick (Bobby Carpenter was younger when he did it in 1982).
Karri Ramo played a huge part in keeping the Lightning in the game against a surging Chicago team Tuesday, and with his performance he earned another start tonight. Ramo looked very sharp against the Blackhawks, and couldn’t be faulted on the goals he eventually did allow.
The team will hit the road immediately following the game tonight for a charter flight to Raleigh and a meeting with the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow night (7 p.m.).