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Add another name to the Lightning’s injury list today. Goaltender Mike Smith left the ice in pain at practice yesterday after injuring his left knee. He’s not ready to go tonight so Karri Ramo will get the start and Jonathan Boutin is being brought in from Norfolk of the AHL to be the backup tonight. The team announced that Marc Denis is on recall waivers from Norfolk, and if he clears at noon tomorrow he’ll replace Boutin in the Lightning lineup until Smith is ready to go.
It looks like Andre Roy and Karl Stewart will be the Lightning’s other scratches tonight, with Doug Janik likely getting some time at forward again. Jeff Halpern skated this morning and looks to be ready to go (hopefully).
Don’t forget that the Lightning’s fan appreciation activities kick off tonight and continue through the home season finale Monday against Atlanta. All the Lightning players will walk the red carpet on the plaza when they arrive tonight, and injured defenseman Brad Lukowich is scheduled to play Rock Band with fans in Shots before the game. Lukowich will start whenever he gets through the red carpet crowd, and he’s scheduled to “rock out” until 7 p.m.
Roy, Stewart, Ryan Craig and Paul Ranger will sign autographs in the concourses during the first intermission (check Lightning Vision for the locations), and fans will be randomly selected to take part in the “production” of the game. You may be chosen to push the button for the horn when the Lightning score, to hang out with a scratched player in the press box, to sit with PA announcer Paul Porter for a period or something similar.