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Lineups for tonight:
Lightning Vaclav Prospal-Brad Richards-Martin St. Louis Jan Hlavac-Andreas Karlsson-Jason Ward Andre Roy-Craig MacDonald-Nick Tarnasky Mathie Darche-Kyle Wanvig
Paul Ranger-Brad Lukowich Shane O'Brien-Filip Kuba Doug Janik-Bryce Lampman Mike Lundin
Karri Ramo Johan Holmqvist
Red Wings 4 D Kyle Quincey 8 C Matt Ellis 15 D Jassen Cullimore 20 RW Aaron Downey 21 LW Igor Grigorenko 22 D Brett Lebda 26 RW Jiri Hudler 29 C Mark Cullen 30 G Chris Osgood 31 G Adam Berkhoel 34 LW Neil Clark 42 RW Mattias Ritola 44 C Mark Hartigan 47 RW Evan McGrath 50 LW Johan Ryno 51 C Valtteri Filppula 52 D Jonathan Ericsson 55 D Niklas Kronwall 75 D Brent Sopel 93 LW Johan Franzen
The Lightning will go with an extra defenseman tonight and give Vinny Lecavalier and Michel Ouellet a little more time to rest. The good news is John Tortorella said Lecavalier will be fine and they just don’t want to rush him. He also said Ouellet should get in the lineup during the two-game preseason trip to Detroit and Dallas. Ryan Craig’s back spasms continue to keep him out of action as well.
Karri Ramo gets the nod in goal tonight, and Tortorella said the only thing he doesn’t like about the team’s short five-game preseason schedule is that he doesn’t have more games to evaluate the goaltenders.
Paul Ranger and Brad Lukowich are paired in Dan Boyle’s absence, while Shane O’Brien stays with Filip Kuba. Tortorella said he expects Boyle will be back within a month after his surgery Sunday because the tendons that were severed controlled the thumb on his top hand, and he should already be able to grip a stick. Speaking of the defensemen, Tortorella said Boyle’s injury could provide an opportunity for Bryce Lampman and Mike Lundin, who are in the lineup tonight, to play their way into a roster spot. He also said they want to take a longer look at Matt Smaby.