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Hot off the presses - the Lightning lineup for tomorrow night when Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals visit the St. Pete Times Forum:
Forward lines Vaclav Prospal-Vincent Lecavalier-Martin St. Louis Jan Hlavac-Andreas Karlsson-Jason Ward Mathieu Darche-Ryan Craig-Kyle Wanvig Andre Roy-Craig MacDonald-Nick Tarnasky
Defensive pairs Paul Ranger-Dan Boyle Matt Smaby-Brad Lukowich Dan Jancesvki-Doug Janik
Goalies Johan Holmqvist Karri Ramo
Looks like an entertaining lineup from a Lightning fan’s perspective, with the MVP Line, Dan Boyle, etc. Also, Darche earns another look after scoring the winner in OT Wednesday against Dallas, Hlavac will be anxious to make an impression, and Matt Smaby gets a chance to stake his claim on a defensive spot. The Jancevski/Janik pairing is also interesting, as the two are competing for the same spot as well.
Practice in Brandon today was divided into two groups again, and the guys were given the day off from the weight room for the first time. Chris Gratton (scratched cornea) and Michel Ouellet (hamstring strain) didn’t skate again, but Andre Roy looks good to go and will see his first preseason action tomorrow night as well.
Following the practice, Lecavalier taped a promotional commercial for the NHL featuring his stick-handling abilities. Ovechkin, Eric Staal and Sidney Crosby are also being featured in the campaign.